A little green list:
Key Questions to Ask Before Buying Anything
How much do we need it?
Can we borrow, rent or get it used?
How durable is it?
How multi-functional is it?
Does it use or is it made of renewable resources?
How recyclable or repairable is it?
How recyclable or reusable is the packaging?
Is it made with post-consumer recycled or reclaimed materials?
Is it made with non-toxic materials?
Is it made by / sold by socially/environmentally responsible companies?
Is it made locally?