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What can you do to help our planet as a consumer

As a single, seemingly insignificant, human on this huge dying planet I always ask myself, "How in the world am I supposed to make an impact?". The answer is simple, try your best.

We are only human. Sometimes we produce more waste than we’d like to or drive somewhere when we could’ve walked. If we all tried our best without making life too complicated, we would make a huge impact on our environment. Each day we must simply try our best. In this article I am going to give you easy ways you, as a consumer, can help reduce your carbon footprint.

The most significant thing you can do is educate yourself and others. Reach out to large corporations, all your friends, and your political representatives. Express your environmental concern or suggest ideas to companies. The more of us who contact people who can actually make a significant difference, the harder it will be to ignore. 

Awesome, amazing! You've done your part to educate yourself and others but now what? We have put together a few ways to try your best to minimize your carbon footprint as a consumer. It’s time to get started on living a happy and eco-friendly lifestyle.

How often do you shop? Probably a lot between buying things online or in store. A quick and simple thing you can do before your next purchase is research how sustainable the stores you are supporting actually are. Amazon might be a very convenient one-stop-shop but are the products they sell eco-friendly? Or do they use sustainable packaging or shipping? Unlikely.

By shopping on websites that pride themselves on selling sustainable products or payment methods, like 100% Sustainable, you are confident each purchase is not causing more harm on our beautiful planet Earth. Fun fact: 100% Sustainable has a payment method that not only doesn't cause damage but actually helps to replant our forests and reduce the pollution already in our atmosphere!

You want to buy sustainably but also look fresh in a new outfit? An easy way to shop eco-friendly and also on a budget is buying second hand. There are plenty of thrift stores in every city or online. Facebook marketplace is also a handy place to find clothing that fits your style. There are a ton of previously loved pieces that are just dying to be a part of your wardrobe. By buying second hand instead of fast fashion, you are not only reducing the amount of pollution a clothing item creates when it's made but also reducing the amount of clothing that will end up in our landfills.

Another way to help our planet as a consumer is to only buy what you need. How many items do you have sitting in your closet or in storage collecting dust? It's easy to get caught buying things that may bring you a minute of joy but if you won't actually use it, the product will eventually just be waste. Do your research and think purchases through.

Trying to buy things sustainably is hard. Luckily for you, you have stumbled across a store whose mission is to sell the most sustainable products in the most sustainable way we can. We can make a difference if we all work together. Happy sustainable shopping!

1 comment

  • Gavin

    Amazing read! Flows from start to finish. Well done to the author!

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