A Guide to Conscious Consuming

April 22, 2017

A Guide to Conscious Consuming

I'm sure you would all agree that in an ideal world, all of our consumables and products would be handmade and created naturally. We know it used to be like this but times have changed, time seems more precious and the ease of buying rather than making is all too tempting. We also understand that the issue with the world of business can be cloudy and supply chains are murky, so it is difficult to confidently make an informed choice.

But sourcing from outside our skill range doesn't have to be environmentally damaging. We can become more conscious about the choices we make. When buying a new product, we like to ask ourselves a few questions prior to purchase and thought you would like to know them too. 

Whether it be an item of clothing, a pair of shoes, or maybe a piece of furniture, we always start by asking where it was made. 

ARE YOU A LOCAL MADE ITEM?

If the answer to this is 'no' then why not try to find a closer alternative. With the powers of a quick google search or a friendly recommendation, other products can be found closer to home, which can massively reduce the carbon footprint attached to the products. 

IS IT MADE IN A SUSTAINABLY RUN FACILITY?

We understand that this can be a difficult question to find the answer to. By researching the facility you can get a better idea about the place in which your item has been made. When you do find a sustainably run place then go ahead and tell all your friends! Recommendations are vital. 

ARE THE PRACTICES USED DETRIMENTAL TO HUMANS OR THE ENVIRONMENT?

We know this is quite a severe question and can be overwhelming initially, but if you can change the way you buy one product each week/month/year then slowly you can help to reduce the damage made from mass production. 

HOW MANY RESOURCES WERE USED TO PRODUCE THE PRODUCT?

Is the factory run using renewable energy, are they considered a green company? Try to find out if the company you are using is resourceful with their production methods. By choosing a green company you can again, reduce the carbon footprint.

This question is just as important as all the other we ask. There are a few different strands to this:

  • Is the working environment a positive one?
  • Are the employees paid correctly?
  • Who are we supporting with this purchase (small business, individual, large corporation, organic, fairtrade)?

By supporting ethically run companies we can back the development of conscious companies. We can make positive decisions about what to buy and look for a solution to end the negative impact that consumerism is having on our world. 

This is an overall question that applies to the materials used, are they harmful to the environment?

  • Are there any unnecessary (and possibly harmful/toxic) ingredients/materials in this product?
  • Is this made of ingredients or materials that are nourishing and healthy for my body?

A product can tick all the sustainable boxes but if we really don't need it then is it essential to buy? 

We wholeheartedly agree with treating yourself but we also truly believe in being conscious about our purchases. We strongly believe that information about supply chains, companies, about the materials and processes can be inspiring part of a brand and product's story. We believe that conscious consuming is at the start of a long journey but if we are going to tackle the massive impact current production levels are having on the world we must begin by understanding where our products come from. 

 




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