How to become a conscious consumer?

The entire phenomenon of conscious consumerism arises from the buying patterns we have developed and how it has affected the world negatively. While the current situation of the world largely depends upon the way we have been manufacturing the goods, it is also the responsibility of the consumers to have a responsible mindset and create demand fairly.

The easy availability of cheaper products has certainly made all of us impulsive buyers. Not even a second thought is given before making a purchase – because it is inexpensive. But, does it really cost this less? Remember, everything that comes cheap costs the environment and the people at a much higher price. We buy quickly and discard it even faster. This is how we have overused our resources and have contributed massively to waste generation.

While there are many people, societies and governments that are working towards betterment of the society by making positive changes, it still requires a lot of individual efforts to sustain this planet. Consuming things consciously means to become more aware of the impact that our purchases are creating. We have already lost a lot of time and resources, and it is the need of the moment to become more thoughtful and responsible for our doings. The changes can’t happen overnight, but it really isn’t that hard to make a switch. Here is a small guide how you can create a positive change in your lifestyle and eventually on the planet:

  • Educate yourself: It is the easiest and essential change you can make. Know what is going around the world, know what impact you are making, know what you can do to create a positive change. You can watch a small documentary, The True Cost, to get an insight of how our impulsive demand leads to exploitation of people and the planet.
  • Know the difference between your needs and wants: A need is a necessity, a want is a desire. The more desires you create, the more it will create an impact.
  • Buy Less: Probably one of the convenient options to not make a negative impact is to buy less. Analyse if you really need new products or is it just a spontaneous decision. Plus, it will save you a lot of money!
  • Make that extra effort: We have lost the resources because we have stopped making extra efforts. Invest your time in purposeful things. Repair your things, reuse your old items, regenerate new products.
  • Reduce your waste: Discarding is the easiest option to get rid of something. But remember your impact. Make the most of your belongings until it doesn’t serve any purpose to you. Share it with somebody else who may find it relevant.
  • Invest in quality: Start choosing quality over quantity. If you are buying something new, look for products that will last you a longer period of time. Avoid cheap and disposable items.
  • Buy Local: Support your local market. Support communities that provide good quality and services. It saves unnecessary transportation, time and money.