How can we consume in an ethical and sustainable way? With these 4 tips to ethical shopping you’ll learn your way to a smarter, more efficient shopping. And you’ll take care of your pocket and of the environment at the same time.
Escaping the consumerism that governs today’s society is really hard. After all, not only do we go shopping out of necessity, but on a whim.
However, we must be aware that resources are limited and that the need to change our consumption habits can not be postponed. It is necessary to encourage new shopping patterns that take care of the environment and dignify people.
Therefore, today we bring you 4 tips for responsible consumption that we should all try to put into practice.
Are you a compulsive buyer? Most people will answer no to this question. And yet most of them buy uncontrollably.
Before you buy an item, think about whether you really want or need that object.
Before making a purchase, think about whether you really want or need that object. A practical way to overcome compulsive shopping is not to buy anything first thing. Have you seen something you like in a store? Go home and think about it.
You’ll be surprised to see that you forget about most things the next day, realizing that you really did not need them. Taking a day or two to decide whether you want that object will make you shop much more consciously.
Cheap comes at a prize
Nowadays, you can find low cost versions of almost everything. Clothing, travel, food… Cheap leisure is, however, a dangerous economic model and a double-edged sword. Because it usually induces compulsive shopping. And cheap things come at a cost.
If you’re going to buy something really, really cheap, ask yourself some questions. Is it too good to be true? Is it good quality or will it break after the second use and you’ll end up buying another one?
At such a prize, is it possible that the workers who made the product are under humane working conditions?
Spending more on an object which is ethical and will last longer is a much better shoppin attitude. And in the long run, it will be more profitable than the low cost version.
Buy local and artisan goods
The big fish eats the small one. And on the current trade map, there’s fewer and fewer small fish left in the sea.
Small shops and businesses can’t compete with large companies. But betting on local, handcrafted and organic goods has a positive effect on society and the environment.
Because these small businesses contribute to growth and employment as well as development of their neighboorhoods.
Our preferences, needs and way of life change with time. But accumulating hundreds of things at home that we no longer use does not make sense.
Go through your stuff at home from time to time. And get rid of everything you no longer use. You can donate it or sell it to others. You musn’t be afraid of letting go.
Keep in mind that thing you’re not interested in might come in real handy to other people and recicle.