A Consumer Challenge, Do You Really Need It?
In this brief clip, Jennifer Grayson from the Huffington Post looks at ways to increase your ‘eco-impact’. You may be surprised at what she suggests – the clue of course is that organic living doesn’t mean expensive living.
In a nutshell, Jennifer recognises that if we reduce our consumption (of food, energy, products generally) we are immediately reducing our impact on the planet and its natural resources. She suggests next time you are considering buying something, anything, even if its organic or eco-friendly, ask yourself “Do I really need this?”
Look at the alternatives. Rather than drive to the shops, walk, or cycle. If you do need something, think about borrowing or sharing whatever it is. Try swapping what you’ve grown with something that someone else has grown. Buy second-hand items of clothing or furniture, not only will they be signficantly cheaper, but they are much ‘greener’ for the planet.
Jennifer’s final point is that if you do have to buy something new, invest in quality. This goes for clothing (buy organic garments), household items and food. The old adage, you pay for what you get is so often true. For example, a cheaper washing machine is not likely to last as long as a more expensive one, and may well not be as effective either.
The key point here is really to think about your consumption. An organic lifestyle is very much about re-using and recycling wherever possible. Use your leftover food, don’t throw it away. Pass on the clothes your children no longer wear. Join an organisation like Freecycle to donate your furniture to someone who can make use of it. There are many possibilites to benefit your community and reduce your impact on the environment.
Filed under: Organic Lifestyle
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