Should consumers focus on local re-producers to help us reuse products?

The label on this non-offical cartridge for my HP printer at home made me think about the concept of buying ‘local'. Making locally doesn't always mean it will be the greenest, cleanest or most efficient function. Sometimes we confuse factors like distance with eco-footprint. Some places just make stuff better in an efficient way at a price people want.

That's not to say we shouldn't strive for a more sustainable economy: once the product is here, maybe we should turn more to local re-producers to help us reuse products. Why buy from HP when the company with recycled product is surely a better choice – both in terms of sustainability and price?

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