Whenever I think of the difference between “wants” and “needs” I always think about this one activity we did in kindergarten. Our teacher had pictures of different things, and we had to say whether it was a want or a need. I remember thinking a lot of the things that I thought were needs were actually wants. Most people think they “need” the new version of a cell phone or an iPod, but in reality, if what you have works, why would you need a new one? And do you truly need it in the first place? I know a lot of people need cars to get to work and school, but we don’t need to each drive a car per person every day. We could carpool, or even ride bikes or take public transportation sometimes. A lot of people today think they “need” everything, when in reality, we just want most things, and if we realized this, we could reduce our carbon footprint and limit the environmental impact by not using these products.