Each day we make choices that impact the earth: the transportation we choose, how we manage energy around our home, where we put our empty soda cans. We also affect the environment every time we take out our wallets to make a purchase.
Responsible consuming is the practice of buying environmentally friendly and socially just goods and services, and avoiding those that aren’t.
Responsible consuming is a huge component of waste prevention. Waste prevention (or source reduction) means eliminating waste before it’s created by purchasing products with less packaging, reusing goods instead of throwing them away, using up products completely and eliminating waste whenever possible. Waste prevention saves resources, promotes efficiency, reduces pollution and may even save money.
Reducing your own carbon footprint is a good enough reason to spend wisely. But advocates of responsible consuming point to an even greater benefit: influencing manufacturers, distributors and shop owners to deliver safer, better products.
Whether you are irked by excessive plastic packaging or toilet paper made from old growth forest trees, know that by making thoughtful and educated purchases, you can make a difference. Every time you make a purchase, you are casting a vote with your wallet.
Here are some tips for making responsible consuming a regular habit in your household: