The lingering desire to make a difference in the world joins people together across the globe. Here in America, it’s Earth Month, a time that began over fifty years ago and has bloomed into a catalyst for environmental action, change, and innovation. This is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what we can individually do to reduce the weight of our ecological footprints.
Now more than ever, we as human beings can spark change, combat global injustice, and become more responsible consumers. Let’s take a gander at a few simple actions we can take to head toward a greener, brighter future together. Here’s how to become a more sustainable consumer.
Do Your Research: Choose Products Carefully
Consumerism is a cultural model; in other words, we have an almighty impulse to spend, spend, spend. Our material lives are heavily influenced by the battlefield known as the modern marketplace. Companies fight to have their products at the forefront, and the oversaturation of consumer goods causes people to shop mindlessly—and for their own personal pleasure. Educating yourself on the responsibility of your purchasing habits will instantaneously initiate change.
Many big-name brands are accountable for modern issues prevalent in society, such as global emissions and the unfair treatment of workers. Since material goods are strongly weaved into the fabric of our world, you must read the labels. Pay attention to brand and production methods, and do your best to research before purchasing items. Voting with our dollars will make green intentions better heard.
Shop Locally, Second-Hand, or From Small Business
Considering the many ways you can utilize your consumeristic power responsibly is one way to become a more sustainable consumer. Besides label reading and performing prior research, shopping locally, second-hand, or through a small business makes the purchasing process far more humane and ethical.
Sustainable consumerism via these methods recycles someone else’s waste, keeps money within the community, or supports quality companies that need your business to thrive. Think about the planet, and think about the people living on it. These details are worth the investment to create long-lasting, sustainable habits.
Consider Your Energy Consumption
Physical goods aren’t the only things on the list that modern consumers squander or devour. The attitude of a responsible consumer is to want less, buy less, and consume less—so, don’t forget about your energy consumption as a homeowner. Energy is a resource that’s often consumed inefficiently.
Did you know that homes produce greater air pollution on average than cars do driving down the road? As a consumer, you must consider what steps you can take to reduce your household’s energy consumption.Home energy auditsare a great starting venture to pinpoint sustainable home improvement upgrades. Turning your immaterial intentions into tangible actions closes the green gap and makes a vivid difference for generations to come.