It doesn’t take much research to learn where your products come from, as many of them show their origins on the labels. But, conscious consumption includes so much more.
1. What we put on and in our bodies
What we put on our bodies should matter. Whether you are looking for organically grown CBD tinctures or you are shopping for a cut of meat that can from a locally raised animal, you only get one body and you should take good care of it. Once you learn about the toxins that go in to body care products, and the distance that food travels, you will begin to pay more attention to what you buy.
2. Where we live and work
The days of commuting long distances in a giant SUV from a McMansion might be nearing the end. As we learn more about the politics of fossil fuels and the damage they do to the environment, many people are turning to public transportation. If possible, others are choosing to live within walking distance to the places they frequent.
Along with worrying about travel distances and fuel consumption, people are also looking into small homes. While it is nice to live in a large house with oodles of amenities, they have proven to be highly wasteful – especially when considering the costs of utilities, cleaning supplies, and yard maintenance. Smaller homes can provide just as much comfort, but they are not as wasteful.
3. How we travel
Travel is another way that we harm the environment. When we pile into airplanes, the companies use jet fuel, which is expensive and a pollutant. When we stay at hotels, we use single-use plastic containers filled with shampoo and body wash. These are just a few ways show us we need to be better consumers, when we travel.
Fortunately, some hotels have noticed how wasteful those little bottles are, so they are using refillable containers of soap and shampoo in the showers. Some people are avoiding destinations with poor water and sewer systems, because travelers only add to the taxed infrastructure. Some people are eschewing travel altogether, because they find the entire process not conscientious.
4. How items are packaged
Many people are turning away from buying products wrapped in plastics. They are also ending their reliance on single-use plastics. When you buy in bulk, you get more product, and less packaging. Some people are also turning to only buying locally sourced products, because they do not need to be packaged for safe travel.
You can do your part by using a stainless steel water bottle, rather than relying on individually packaged plastic water bottles. You can also reuse bags instead of getting new plastic bags each time you grocery shop.