Become aware of the environmental implications of your consumption and purchase those goods that have the least impact on our future.
Understanding the resources embedded in the products we buy and using this knowledge to guide our purchasing decisions is difficult. Advertising is a powerful influence on our purchasing decisions and there is often little information available about the energy, water and other environmental inputs required to produce the things we buy. If we are able to overcome these barriers with a bit of will-power and research, we will be better at purchasing products and services that are more aligned to the environment. Not surprisingly, moving from the heavily advertised (and high energy and water) product lines will often save you money. It's like being paid to have greater peace of mind!
In the absence of standardised product labelling that explains the environmental inputs to the products we consume, we need to apply a common-sense check list to everything we buy. The following environmental shopping filters are a broad guide to some basic rules that will help us select products with minimal environmental impacts.
When we climb a mountain, we approach it one step at a time - otherwise it all seems too hard. This action outlines some small steps that help us apply our concern for the environment to every purchasing decision we make. In this way we can start to change our world.
All goods have embedded energy and resources, have been transported, and at some stage will need to be recycled or disposed of. All of these phases of a product's life cycle consume scarce natural services, and current practices are simply not sustainable. To force companies to improve the sustainability of their product offerings, we need to buy from the environmentally conscious and innovative companies, buy products that last a lifetime, buy local and buy less.
Advertising, brand value, retail therapy and social status are the tools of the modern marketer, who seeks to convince you that your wellbeing depends on the things you buy. Breaking this spell and choosing not to be manipulated will allow you to pursue esteem, self expression and the stronger kind of happiness that comes from within. It will also hone your critical faculties.
If you are interested in this topic, you might want to download and watch for free “The Story of Stuff”.
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