How Consumerism Is Impacting Our Environment?

How Consumerism Is Impacting Our Environment?

Stop and consider if consumerism impacts our environment?

Maybe you could also consider: Success? What does this mean to you?

The image that is conjured for each of us is going to be different.

I’ve come to realise that for a huge proportion of society success is largely measured by the accumulation of material possessions. Better cars and bigger houses are largely associated with wealth and ‘doing well’.

Of course once you have a bigger house you need more stuff to fill it! We need the latest tech, the most on trend clothes. Kids have too many toys, most of which they lose interest in extremely quickly or others that just simply do not last.

This desire for bigger, better and more has been driven by countless very clever marketing campaigns over many decades. Advertisements that appeal to our desires and emotions come in all shapes and forms, consider the below.

  • Your kids will be happy if you buy them this toy.
  • You will look amazing if you buy our clothes.
  • This car will make your morning drive to work a breeze.

Stop to Consider:

  • How long will that toy make your kids happy? What do you remember from your childhood? Toys or special moments with loved ones?
  • How long did the happiness from purchasing that new outfit last? How many times have you worn it?
  • Does driving in your new car stop the frustration of being stuck in traffic?

What we can do!

Why have we moved away from?

  • Kids exploring and playing outside? Beautifully crafted toys that grow with children and can be handed down from generation to generation?
  • Fantastic quality, timeless and long-lasting clothing that you can have in your wardrobe and wear year after year? Items that would be classed as sustainable gift ideas.
  • The art of thrift?
    • Repair broken items. It’s amazing how creative we can become when faced with this challenge. Can we sew up a damaged teddy bear? Or replace those missing buttons?
    • Alter or re-purpose items that are no longer fit for use. Examples of this are: Clothes that you can no longer wear, can be re-purposed into things like reusable shopping bags, kids’ clothes, and if all else fails rags. Get creative find inspiration and ideas online!
    • Utilise op shops. Not only is this better for your wallet, but it also cuts down on the unnecessary contribution to waste. This can help you feel good too by assisting a needy cause.

We have simply been brainwashed to believe that the latest on trend items will make us happy, make our lives easier, and more fulfilled. But does the accumulation material possessions really achieve this?

Consumerism impacts our environment
Over purchasing items has dire outcomes to our planet.

Think Quality and think Local

Quality and locally made items have been replaced by cheap disposable poorly made items.

Locally made quality garments will definitely set you back more $ than a cheap polyester piece you might wear a handful of times, they look better, last longer, and in long run are a win for your wallet and the environment.

As you accumulate higher quality items you start to become free from the never-ending consumerism spiral and desire to go shopping.

Of course, you will still need things, but fewer things! So next time you purchase; ask yourself, will this item last? Or if you are looking for a present; have you considered a sustainable and quality gift idea?

This in turn helps you to contribute less to the carbon footprint that is driving our global temperatures up!

Did you know that our carbon footprint through consumerism looks like this?

  • The clothing industry contributes around 10% of the worlds greenhouse gas emissions, namely through its long supply chains and energy intensive production.
    • Secondly it also produces 20% of the world’s waste water.
    • For this reason, it makes more sense to buy sustainable long-term purchases than cheaper $10-$30 throw away fast fashion purchases.
  • According to a plastics trade magazine, around 90% of all toys sold are plastic or plastic by nature eg: polyester or polyester filled.
    • Now for an industry that hit +$20 billion in sales, this is a lot of plastic entering homes and waste patterns.
    • Statistics shows that it is only around 9-10% of plastics are recycled. This is a scary number of products that are designed for only a short life span……
    • Why not consider a stainless-steel rattle, a wooden block set or even a recycled/biodegradable or second hand toy!

Don’t be a slave to corporate giants who rely on you coming back for more cheap items frequently to keep the consumerism wheel spinning! Consider quality items that you know will last, or sustainable gift ideas.

Do you agree? Consumerism impacts our environment!

What will happen?

Some key things that might happen when you jump off the cheap disposable consumer wheel;

  • Less purchasing leads to less time spent in shops leads to less impulse purchases leads to more money for you!
  • Less financial strain and stress by purchasing less and trying to attain the newest and latest.
  • More quality time with family and friends, doing more ‘things’ with the people you love opposed to buying them stuff. Give them an experience, take them out for dinner, cook them dinner, visit a conservation park. The list of things to do is endless.
  • Every time you purchase from us, you are taking a step towards putting a stop to consumerism.
  • There is hope for us though. This article shows the struggles businesses are facing as people turn their back on consumerism. Although it has its place, we need to be smarter about how we purchase.
Wallet being clamped, to stop us from spending money unnecessarily.
If we purchase better quality items and get a better understanding of how consumerism impacts our environment, then we can make this world a better place!

The journey to a more sustainable future starts with you and your choices. We need to stop and consider how consumerism impacts our environment and how the changes we make, can have a positive impact?

You can break the consumerism cycle! If enough people convert their purchasing patterns, then the world will slowly change too!

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