Conscious Consumerism

With all of the issues swirling around it can feel overwhelming on what to do about them.  All we have to do is turn on the news or pull up social media and we see (sometimes) how racism, poverty, hunger, violence, global climate change, and air pollution are all very real issues. 

Sometimes we feel powerless. How can we possibly make a difference?

I believe we can make a difference and here’s how:

We can contribute to making changes in the world is how we spend our money.  The society we live in is a capitalistic society—what we spend our money on is what will grow.

Do research on how employees are treated, which companies have taken steps to reduce environmental impact, where products are made, the distance the travelled.

Progress not perfection—it would be very difficult to get this 100% perfect, but taking small steps is better than taking no steps.

Compound factor—the idea that many small steps by many people = big change

Here are some things you might consider to get ideas flowing:

-Purchasing a Community Supported Agriculture share.  You’ll get a box once per week or every other with fresh local and sustainably farmed veggies.  Local farmers typically care more for the environment and it also reduces transportation distance (and usually fossil fuel used) compared to commercial farms.  Driftless Organics is a wonderful option that I’ve worked with over the years!

-Buying Fair Trade Certified.  This ensures that products made overseas were made from workers who were paid a fair wage and have good working conditions. PACT, prAna, and West Elm all offer items that are Fair Trade Certified.

-Buying clothes made in USA—Reduces transportation distance and also supports jobs within the US.  One of my favorites is M Rena—best leggings ever!

-Buying food in bulk. Bring your own containers to a food co-op such as the Wedge or Mississippi Market. Reduces packaging waste.

Also, if I hear about something a company is doing something that goes against my deepest values, I do whatever I can to avoid buying their products or services.

I want to hear from you: Which one of these resonates with you the most?!  Do you have any current conscious consumer practices you use that you’d love to share?