Efforts such as making good choices when it comes to choosing the products you will purchase and where you go to purchase those products are important when trying to move in a more sustainable direction. Ethical consumerism is a key component to helping reduce your impact on the environment.
Everyone spends money in order to survive and when we spend our money to purchase products manufactured by companies that do not value the environment and do not take our planet nor our health into consideration when creating the things they sell, we are contributing to the destruction of our world. When shopping for good there are many different things to consider but when you pay attention to those things you are equipping yourself with the tools to live a more sustainable life, which is simply a healthier life for you and everyone and everything else.
Becoming a conscious consumer is not so difficult in the world we live in but it does take some knowledge and initiative to get going. Things that I'm sure you've heard over and over such as "reduce, reuse, recycle"can be applied to your new and old purchases; reduce the excess purchases and put that extra money toward reducing your carbon foot print, reuse old clothes and products that are still in working condition, reuse food containers for tupperware or for miscellaneous things around the house, and recycle things that you have that can be recycled and used for something else, if you can't sell it then give it away!
When it comes to sustainability, it is not always easy to wrap our heads around what we can do to help. Making quality choices about the products that we purchase can make a world of difference and will eventually become second nature. I will leave you with this perfectly simple quote by Herve Kempf; "Consume less; share better."