“Consumer Mindset” vs. “Mindful Consumer”
Updated: May 14, 2020
Everything you have ever thrown away, already own, or are planning to get has an impact on the planet in some way. When you are cleaning out your living space, unless you are donating things or putting them to use in another way, you are dirtying up the environment. Now, that sounds harsh and trust me, I’m not trying to bully anyone into keeping things they don’t need. That’s not the problem. The problem is the excessive need to continue buying products that we don’t need. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We have been conditioned to have consumer mindsets. We aways want the next, best, newest version of a product. The nature of this is not sustainable. This isn’t to say we shouldn’t ever buy things. We just need to shift our thinking to that of a mindful consumer. We need to ask ourselves, “Do I really need this?”, “Will I really use this?”, “What does the ‘End of Life’ of this product look like?”.
There’s also an “End of Life” to the materials used to get you your products. Most of these materials are made of plastic. To me, this is a misuse of plastic. I’m the first person to admit that I am not “anti plastic”. I get that it serves a purpose and there are things that, as of right now, can’t be produced without it. However, when there is an alternative to plastic and big companies choose not to use it because the production of plastic is cheaper, that to me is a “misuse of plastic”. I don’t need any company to ship something to me using plastic when smaller businesses have already proved to me that it’s not necessary. I have received clothing in tissue paper and cardboard boxes. I have received products in compostable boxes! There are options. It’s our job as the customers to bring this to the attention of big businesses and ask for change.
The first step to take if you’re starting to transition into a more sustainable lifestyle is shifting your mindset. Learn how to be a ”mindful consumer”. Ask yourself why you need something and what will happen to it when you inevitably don’t need it anymore. Smalls changes, even just in your mindset, make a difference!