8 Steps to Kinder Consumption and a Better World
- Some of us spend time to save money.
- Others spend money to save time (so they can make more money).
We all need shoes, but we don't need a closet full of high-end designer shoes. We need transportation, but we don't need the brand-new luxury model. In fact, if you can easily afford to drive a luxury car, choosing to purchase a pre-owned, fuel-efficient, mid-priced model makes a strong statement about your values.
2. Stop trying to keep up with the hyper-consumption patterns of celebrities.
3. Be skeptical of advertising, which is basically propaganda.
4. Reject things to which you are addicted.
- You need cheerful surroundings and beauty in your life, but be careful of HGTV makeover shows and lifestyle magazines that cause you to desire and purchase home décor and upgrades on a regular basis.
- You need comfort and recreation, but be aware of repeated or increasing treats and entertainments.
- You need to learn, but think twice before jumping in to purchase all the supplies and equipment for yet another short-term interest.
6. Develop the habit of generosity rather than self-indulgence.
7. Develop a deep appreciation for nature.
8. Reject things that cause others to be oppressed.
- reject fast fashion.
- look for "fair trade" labels.
- buy from companies that have committed to worker safety and a living wage.
- stop eating meat, or make sure that we purchase only when animals have been treated humanely.
- buy more organic produce in order to reduce the amount of pesticides that farm workers are exposed to.
- purchase used items more often, to prevent additional pollution and exploitation due to extraction and manufacturing processes.
- keep items longer (especially cars and electronics) for the same reasons, and also to reduce toxic exposures due to recycling practices.