Do you care about the planet and love shopping? Learn how to be a more ethical consumer and do both! 🛒 🌏
Have you ever wondered how your everyday purchases could shape a better world?
Welcome to the world of ethical consumerism! An ethical consumer is someone who thinks carefully about the effects of their purchases on people, the environment, and society.
They try to cause less harm and contribute to making the world a better place through what they buy. Check out the video below for some examples of ethical consumerism:
Ethical consumers support companies that:
are environmentally friendly
treat workers fairly
respect and welcome all people
care about animal welfare
As an ethical consumer, you engage in an ongoing process where your small choices wield significant impact over time.
1. Embrace the 3 Rs
You have the power to make a positive impact on our planet by practicing the 3 R's.
Next time you go shopping, stop and ask yourself: "Do I really need this?" Avoid impulse buying and aim for quality over quantity to reduce waste and save resources. It's a great way to save money, too!
Instead of throwing things away, look for creative ways to give them a new life. It could be as simple as repurposing a glass jar into a cute storage container, or buying and passing on gently used clothes.
When it's time to part ways with something, recycling is a fantastic option! By sorting items like paper, plastic, and glass, we give them a chance to be transformed into new products and stay out of landfills.
2. Research company practices
Before making a purchase, take the time to research the company's ethical practices.
Support companies that:
provide a living wage to their workers
maintain safe working conditions
respect collective bargaining
promote diversity and inclusion
support work-life balance
work with ethical suppliers and contractors
Choose products that:
are made from sustainable materials
are certified as organic, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), or Energy Star
come from local businesses to reduce the environmental impact of long-distance transportation
have minimal or eco-friendly packaging to reduce waste and pollution
Support companies that:
promote social equity and justice
give back to their community
donate to charitable organizations
don't use animals for testing
3. Stay aware
It may be tempting to think that what you do won't matter, but you're wrong. Remember, being an ethical consumer is an ongoing process, and small choices can make a significant impact over time. So start with the person in the mirror:
Reflect on your shopping habits
Identify an area or a behavior you want to work on
Make a change
Let companies know what you think about their ethical practices.
Shop at responsible businesses
Celebrate ethical practices
Share concerns over unethical practices
Encourage companies to improve their practices by spending your money elsewhere
Harness the power of social media to bring about change
Quiz: Monica's Coffee Dilemma
Monica is very concerned about workers' rights and sustainability. She also loves coffee! Monica is worried about whether her local coffee shop is a place that she can ethically support.
What steps can Monica take to determine whether the coffee shop meets her ethical standards?
A. Ask the owner where the coffee beans come from
B. See if there are recycling bins in the shop
C. Ask other people on social media
D.Ask the employees if they earn a livable wage and are treated fairly
Select all that apply: