As consumers I believe it’s our responsibility to make better choices when we buy products and consume resources. There is a thought that keeps running into my head for some time now : trash and waste.
For the first time, we are capable of producing more than we actually need. There is a huge surplus of useless products, which we naively think that make our life easier.
My entire lifestyle has been changed since I realised how important are my every day choices as a consumer. Every action has a reaction. Everything we buy has an impact in the economy and over the environment.
Here is the trash made by two people during five days. Not recycled :/
Being a responsible consumer and avoiding waste it’s a difficult task because implies changing habits, carrying about the environment, buy more experiences and less products.
Recently I’ve read Lauren’s blog – Zero waste life. There are many great Zero waste alternatives which Lauren is sharing. This is a unique approach which most people out there, will never realise. Maybe some of you already have in your homes some of the alternatives she presented. I think a major accomplishment would be to reduce trash.
Every day consumption means mostly buying food, cloths, consume resources (water, gas, electricity, etc.), using electronics. Supermarkets are full of packed and processed food. It’s hard to shop in a supermarket and use your own packages. And the stores which sell unpacked food and really care about smart packaging are extremely rare.
You might laugh but sometimes I wonder about things like : having sex (condoms means trash, right?), what do you do when travelling a lot, and for woman – what about your period?…and some other things like that. :/
A personal goal is to reduce waste and make less trash. It’s challenging, especially when I don’t have many opportunities to recycle. This decision has a major impact over my needs, what I buy and consume, how I live. This turned out to be a major lifestyle and a mindset changer.
I would love to buy from a grocery store like Original Unverpackt, in every city I go. 🙂