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Conscious Consumption

14 2012

What you consume matters. No, this isn’t a post about healthy eating, it’s about the decisions you make daily in what you watch, read, frequent or purchase.

people have long been making purchase decisions based on their ethics or morals

Over the next few weeks, we will be exploring the topics of conscious consumption: what it means for individuals and society.

Consumer activism is not a new concept: people have long been making purchase decisions based on their ethics or morals. But as more consumers become aware of the power they can demonstrate with their actions, the more organizations stand to benefit from adopting – and promoting – good practices.

There is more than one “conscious consumer”, however. Individuals may prioritize one cause over another. Individuals demonstrate their bias every time they use a public restroom: Do you leave the water running as you grab a paper towel to turn off the water (using extra water AND paper towel), or turn off the faucet with your wet hand and use a hand dryer (using energy, and some would argue being slightly less sanitary)?

GoodGuide (which we’ll discuss further in a future post) lists a variety of issues the conscious consumer may care about. Which are of primary interest to you?

  • Nutrition
  • Organic (Food)
  • Scientifically proven hazards
  • Fragrance-free
  • Animal Welfare Certifications
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Recycled Materials
  • Climate Change
  • Pollution
  • Resource Conservation
  • Fair Trade
  • Labor & Human Rights
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