Want to be green? Really green? Then don’t buy green products. In fact, don’t buy anything. Be like the early New Englanders, whose maxim was: Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
Do you really need another organic cotton T-shirt? I don’t. Most of my apparel is at least 25 years old. It’s well-made, high-quality clothing. I don’t need to replace it. I did, however, come upon a great way to refresh my wardrobe without adding to my carbon footprint. I went to the Garment District and found some cool vintage clothing. When I returned home, I picked out some items I didn’t enjoy wearing and brought them back to the store, where they accept free donations. (They also buy used clothing, by appointment only.)