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How to Create New Habits & Become a Conscious Consumer

Written by Megan Marshall


Posted on May 04 2022

Becoming a conscious consumer can feel daunting, but you can do it by taking small steps that encourage sustainable living and eco-friendly practices that reduce your carbon footprint on the world around you.

One great place to start is with simple everyday habits that will allow you to become more mindful of your choices and their effects on the world.

Try out some of these conscious consumption habits, and if you don't see the change you want right away, keep at it! 

Consistency over time is key to making lasting changes in your life.

Know What You Consume & Be Aware of Products You Use Daily

Most of us are conscious about what we eat, but our awareness drops off dramatically when it comes to daily products. The truth is that many of these products may not be as good for us as they seem.

If you're looking for a simple way to become more conscious about what you consume, pay attention every time you brush your teeth or wash your face. Find out where those products come from and how they affect consumers.

Set Aside Time For Reading Labels

Take time every day to read the labels on everything you buy. Food labels are significant since many of them contain additives that may be unhealthy for your body. By knowing what's in your food, you can make conscious choices about what foods you consume.

The more informed you are, the better equipped you will be to make healthy decisions that care for the world around you.

Reduce Your Waste

We have become an on-demand society. We want things, and we want them now. The problem is that producing something on-demand means a lot of waste—and it also means we are ignoring one critical aspect of product design: durability. 

Many of us don't think about product life cycles, but what if we did? What if every time you were about to buy something, you asked yourself how long you wanted that thing in your life? 

When we consider all factors involved with production and consumption, our purchasing decisions can make a huge difference. Be sure to check out some of these reusable products too!

Stop Buying Bottled Water

Bottled water is convenient but expensive, environmentally unfriendly, and unhealthy. If you're not already making your own homemade fruit-infused or carbonated beverages, consider joining those who have sworn off bottled water. 

At home, buy an inexpensive filter that attaches to your faucet and fills up with tap water—this will save you money and prevent plastic from ending up in landfills. 

Buy Products That Are Sustainable and Ethical

Conscientious consumerism is one of those things that many people believe they have time for once their lives have settled down—but with some extra planning, conscious consumerism can happen in your everyday life.

Shop with purpose, buy durable items, and aim for overall quality instead of ease. You'll become more aware of what you purchase and why you're buying it while simultaneously reducing waste and consumption.

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