Have you ever seen your grandmother using her old saree as a cloth for dusting or car cleaning? Yes, you must have seen it and as far as I know this tribe of young generation, you must have been irritated to see that and would have offered her to buy cloth exclusively falling in the category of- Dusting/Cleaning at e-commerce portals like Amazon or Flipkart.
Repeating same clothes on many occasions, using a dress that your sibling/cousin/friend has outgrown, getting the tattered shoe mended or turning an old pair of jeans into a grocery bag……………is sign of ethical and responsible consumerism RATHER than being MISER
Being an ethical consumer means buying products which were ethically produced and/or which are not harmful to the environment and society. This can be as simple as buying free-range eggs or as complex as boycotting goods produced by child labour.
Products which fall into the ethical category include organic produce, fair trade goods, energy-efficient light bulbs, electricity from renewable energy, recycled paper and wood products (approved under Ministry Of Forestry Acts) .
Being an ethical consumer can also involve watching your food miles: how much energy was used getting the product to you. For this reason, ethical consumers are encouraged to buy products which were produced locally. Find out if there is a farmer`s market or an allotment society near you where you can purchase products.
Responsible consumerism is when customers make intentional purchases of products, opting for those that have minimal to no negative impact on humans, animals, and the environment.
There are many ways to practice responsible consumerism.
- Purchasing products made without the use of ingredients known to be harmful and that have not undergone animal testing.
- Taking a closer look at how your products are packaged.
- Online shopping and the convenience it lends to consumers presents an obvious upswing in the use of packaging, as we are having more and more household items shipped directly to our doors. Shop consciously.
- Support green packaging. Green packaging means that not as much junk will up in landfills and oceans.
The list is short here but I am sure your willingness to be a responsible earthling is not short of ideas and creativity.