Is buying local always the right choice? Is it better to buy recycled or compostable products? David Allaway is a policy analyst in the Solid Waste Program of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. He serves as DEQ's technical specialist in solid waste prevention and is leading several projects to reduce waste generation and the environmental impacts of materials and waste in Oregon. Here David talks about the lifecycle assessment of stuff and challenges some commonly-held beliefs about the stuff we buy. Recorded live at Clackamas Commmuntiy College in Oregon City, Oregon as part of the Annual Sustainability Lecture Series on April 21st, 2011. The Renewable Energy & Sustainability Resource Center depts.clackamas.edu/sustainability Department of Environmental Quality oregon.gov/DEQ Check out the rest of the videos from the Sustainability Lecture Series on our Youtube channel or in DVD format from the Dye Learning Center.