5 Steps to Become a More Ethically Conscious Consumer
Looking to become a more Ethically Conscious Consumer? Here’s how:
Shop seasonally and locally
Supporting local vendors is an important step to becoming an ethically conscious consumer. Why shop local? In addition to how beneficial it can be to the economy, it can help you to successfully emit ‘food miles’ from your purchasing habits. Food miles refer to the large distance food and produce has to travel to reach the UK leaving behind a heavy carbon footprint especially when carried by air. That’s not it though, even once our food reaches the UK, there are more miles ahead. For example, DEFRA estimates that moving food is responsible for 25% of all miles covered by heavy goods traffic in the UK 👀. Transporting food within, to and around the UK produces 19 million tonnes of CO2 annually – equivalent to around 5.5 million typical cars.
So when it comes to your food, try shopping from that local small shop on the corner. Making your other purchasing habits local is also an ethically conscious decision.
Unsurprisingly, handmade products use a lot less energy than machine assembly lines. They also do not fill landfills with waste or enslave children during production processes. So, if you’re trying to be an ethically conscious consumer, buy handmade.
Handmade creators make many other ethically conscious choices. Ethically conscious makers are likely to make their products be upcyclable - this means you can use the original product and then transform it into something else once it’s worked it’s intended magic.
Switch to Fairtrade
If you’re wondering where to buy fairtrade in the UK, it’s readily available. There are over 6,000 Fairtrade products ranging from coffee and tea to flowers and fruits. Just look for the FAIRTRADE mark, add the item to your trolley and you’ve successfully taken a step towards being more ethically conscious!
Avoid unethical companies
Remember, the biggest loss for a company is not getting your coins. You have control over your money and when you decide to not spend it on Amazon’s services, you’re deciding to not fund their unethical habits. If you think this one small change from you won’t create a difference, remind yourself that big changes are a result of thousand smaller steps, each of which matter.
All of the above are super simple ways for you and your purchasing habits to become more ethically conscious. Remember, every little choice counts so if we all start doing our bit, we can make ethical consumerism the new ‘it’ thing!