5 Ways To Be A More Conscious Consumer
It’s 2020—and we’re all trying to live more sustainable and planet-friendly lifestyles. But it's easier said than done. Trying to tackle the gravity of the issues contributing to climate change can feel daunting, so I’ve put together some doable ways to be an even more conscious consumer.
Do your research.
This one seems like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to forget where the items from your favorite retailers come from. As a consumer, you get to decide what ethical and sustainable practices you want to support, so it’s important to stay well-informed about company practices. Be sure to ask questions like:
- Where and how was this made?
- Is this price fair?
- Are these materials sustainable?
Support ethical brands.
Choosing where to put your dollars is *so* powerful. An increasing number of brands have emerged that promote products derived from sustainable materials, engage in fair labor practices, and seek to reduce waste (like RGG!). Spending your money with these companies is another way to vote with your dollars and boost companies whose values reflect your own.
Choose quality over quantity.
Everyone loves a deal—hello, fast fashion! But buying nondurable products on the cheap that are made to reflect fleeting trends and are discarded after a few wears has created a massive environmental problem. Try to shop more carefully, buying versatile products that are built to last. It’s better for the planet and for your closet.
Repair, don’t replace.
It’s tempting to want to replace things when they get worn-out. Stand up to America’s throwaway culture by instead opting to fix repairable items. Landfills are teeming with discarded items that can’t be properly disposed of, so choosing to instead keep already-purchased items eases the burden on both the environment and your carbon footprint.
Shop small and local.
Small, local businesses generally engage in more eco-friendly practices than large companies. Utilizing a greater portion of locally-sourced product materials equals less energy consumption to create products and, ultimately, less pollution. Plus, the emphasis on creating quality products over the profit-driven machines of corporations offers small business owners the freedom to choose sustainable practices that are better for their environment—not just their bottom lines.