Mindful consumption is the practice of using awareness of sustainability issues to inform purchasing decisions — from everyday items to longterm investments.
Try online communities where you can find the most unexpected items for free or for very discounted prices. You will likely find a group for every city, or even neighborhood.You never know what you’ll find.
Get Thrifty is a secondhand clothing store in the UBC Life Building started by a small collective of UBC student designers with a passion for sustainable fashion. Everything old is new again.
The Green Depot by the UNA at Wesbrook Community Centre accepts items for recycling including small household appliances, clothing, textiles, shoes, household electronics (including cables), flexible plastics and more.
Mugshare and ShareWares are two initiatives on campus that allow you to say “no” to single-use coffee cups. Pay a $1.50-2.00 deposit, enjoy your coffee in a reusable cup, then get your deposit back.
A soapstand refill station in the AMS Nest makes buying any soap (laundry, dish, hand) accessible, convenient and affordable. Without any of the plastic packaging. Refilling is fulfilling.
A free store in the AMS Nest building (Room 2102) for all UBC students. Drop-off what you don't need anymore. Pick up something you do. All for free. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.
The Vancouver Tool Library loans a wide variety of tools for home repair, gardening, and bicycle maintenance. They also offer affordable workshops on tool related skills and projects.