Whether you’re trying to cut back on unnecessary spending or want to improve your family’s health and wellness, conscious consumerism offers a solution. It is the practice of making an informed decision about when, where, and how you spend money related to social, economic, and environmental impact. Conscious consumerism is about the deliberate attempt to eliminate impulsive purchases and investigate how these products’ production impacts the community.
As a consumer, you can demand change for better living that will positively benefit you, your family, and others worldwide. By choosing to invest your dollars with brands that use sustainable processes to deliver goods, you’re developing a trend that ultimately all brands will have to follow to win your business. This, in turn, saves the planet, enhances your quality of life, and ensures your children have a safe environment to grow up in. If conscious consumerism is new to you, here are some practical solutions to try.
Before making a purchase, ask yourself if it’s necessary. Can you or your family live without this product or service? If the answer is yes, then save money, time, and resources by avoiding the purchase. On the other hand, if you determine the purchase is necessary, consider other factors to make the most informed decision.
Research The Vendor
If you’re going to buy something, the second consideration is where. Although hundreds, if not thousands of vendors offer the products and services you need, not all are created equally. A conscious consumer isn’t just going to spend their money anywhere. They’re going to be selective about the vendors.
You want to ask and find answers to questions that will assist you in making the best decision. Are they in tune with their target audience? Are they a zero waste store or at least use sustainable solutions to conserve natural resources? Do they treat and pay their employees fairly? More importantly, what do they do to give back to the communities they serve? If the answer is yes, then you can feel free to make a purchase.
One of the quickest ways to waste money is to buy something of poor quality. The item breaks, and consequently, you have to spend more money to repair or replace it. As a conscious consumer, you want to avoid wasteful spending as much as possible. This reduces your cash flow and supports the production of cheap merchandise, which is harmful to the environment.
Consumer reviews and demonstration videos are instrumental in helping you to determine the quality or effectiveness of a product or service. Analyze a few opinions from reputable sources to get a general idea of whether it’s worth the investment.
Conscious consumers are also mindful about what they put in their bodies and use around the house. They realize that many of the things sold on the market today are comprised of harmful chemicals and ingredients that damage your health and the environment. Ultimately, demanding better for yourself and your children means taking a closer look at the ingredients on things you buy. It is best to purchase all-natural, organic, or recycled items like reusable cotton rounds or locally-grown fruits and vegetables to reduce waste and enhance your well-being.
Last but not least is social impact. How does your purchase help or harm your community? More than covering operational expenses or paying the required local taxes, you want businesses to invest their dollars into helping others. Whether they donate a percentage of their earnings to local charities, host community events, or donate their time, products, and services to those in need, the idea is to put your money where it will do the most good.
As a parent, all you want is to create a healthy and happy home (and the world) for your children. Though there are several ways to accomplish this goal, making mindful purchases is at the top of the list. Your hard-earned dollars have the power to encourage change within your community that will ultimately improve everyone’s quality of life. All it takes is a little consideration in areas like those listed above to make a difference.