Vote with Your Dollars! What we consume has a big impact on our ability to live sustainable lives. Learn about Conscious Consumerism, conscious consumer tips, and check out resources on those companies providing sustainable-based products and services you can get behind!
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Conscious Consumer Tips
Let’s be honest – the number one rule in becoming a Conscious Consumer is to reduce your purchasing and consuming only what you need.
The second rule is, when you do purchase, you do so responsibly. In other words, do a little research on your part to know that the product or service that you are purchasing does not: further deplete our natural resources; add to our waste systems; ruin our natural environments; add to social injustice or inequality; and, cost to much to be affordable. Yep, a product or service that meets our triple-bottom line of planet, people and profit.
This research and consumption of products proves what brand you wish to support.
The third rule is to reuse what you’ve purchased as much as possible. So, when it comes time to purchase, you’ve reduced your purchasing two-fold. Once your purchase is no longer needed, it should then be donated or recycled so as not to contribute to the waste stream.
Conscious Consumer Benefits
Reducing your purchases and consumption have major, positive impacts on the environment’s health (by reducing the natural resources used), our health (reducing stress and time spent shopping) and finances (well, that’s a no brainer).
That said, we still need things so consumer consumption is a part of our lives. Additionally, we are blessed with many products and services to choose from. However, which ones are actually best for our overall environmental, personal, and financial health?
This is where Rule 2 above comes in so you can become a Conscious Consumer – learning to purchase with your triple bottom line in mind. In other words, no longer just think how much the product or service will cost financially. Instead, consider how much that product or service cost the environmental and social components in its production, in addition to its financial cost.
By following the triple-bottom line mindset when purchasing, it will reduce your eco and carbon footprints, which ultimately helps protect the health of your environment, your own health, and the health of your wallet. Vote for the world you want with your dollars!
Conscious Consumer Resources
Your purchasing power can be flexed in everything you purchase. These purchases are conveniently broken down by environmental initiative, plus fashion, so you can easily focus where and how to reduce your eco and carbon footprints and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Check ’em out!