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"Conscious Living Vs. Conscious Consumerism"
September 12th, 2019
Before we dive into this topic, it’s important to first define what it means to be conscious.
Conscious actions are made when one is aware of and responds to their surroundings.
Acting consciously can relate to other people’s emotions, to the environment, or even to yourself. Every decision you make in your life has an outcome, and by making conscious decisions, you are living with purpose and intention.
Conscious living is a way of making decisions that are beneficial towards something you care about. For example, by recycling, you are living consciously for the benefit of the environment. By donating money to the less fortunate, you are living consciously for the benefit of humankind. But what’s the difference between conscious living and conscious consumerism? They’re actually not all that different!
Conscious consumerism is taking your values into account when you shop! If you are one that cares about the environment—like us at Opus Mind—you will choose to shop products and brands that make efforts to save the environment. These include companies that use recycled materials or maybe don’t use packaging at all! They are taking the necessary steps to create a new norm in their industry.
The first step in becoming a conscious consumer is doing research. Look into the brands you love and how they might impact the environment. Or what their labor practices are like. Maybe they even support certain causes—are these causes something that are important to you? By knowing what goes into making the products you buy, you can now start to make conscious decisions about what brands you’d like to continue supporting or stop buying from. Think of 5 brands you buy regularly and do some research about them. Check out their “About Us” page, do a google search—get as much info as you see necessary. It’s what you do as a result of that knowledge that makes you a conscious consumer.