After the flurry of responses to my post last week, I realized I probably overstated the title of the piece a bit. In all honesty, I must apologize because I hadn’t actually thought of how much the iPad might help those with special needs and many of the comments proved to be real eye openers. Having said that, I still hold that most of us do not in fact need an iPad, rather we want one, but due to marketing and other factors, have been led to believe that we can’t live without one. So for most of us, it really comes down to the difference between what we want and what we need.
A ways back when I first started writing for Care2, I posted up the contents of a card that I keep on my desk that speaks to the idea of limiting my consumption of products. I have no idea where it originally came from so I apologize for not being able to give credit where credit is do, so if you are reading this and you are the one that originally put the list together, I thank you and hope you’re OK with me sharing it. My hope is that it will help you as much as it has helped me in making smarter purchasing choices.
1. Is this purchase something I want or something that I need?
2. Do I already own something that will serve the same purpose?
3. Can I borrow one instead of buying new?
4. Can I make something that will serve the same purpose?
5. Can I buy a used one?
5. Would someone be willing to split the cost and share this with me?
6. Can I buy or commission one made locally?
7. Can I buy one that was made with environmentally responsible materials?
8. Can I buy one that serves more than one purpose?
9. Can I get something human powered instead of gas or electric?
10. Can I compost or recycle it when I’m done with it?
11. What is the impact on the environment of the full life cycle of it?
12. Does the manufacturing or disposal of this item damage the environment?