1. Research. For starters, look into where the products come from, and then dig deeper into what that industry may be doing behind the scenes.
  2. Look for the labels. If something is fair trade, organic, locally sourced, etc., it will almost always have some kind of label or sticker.
  3. Wants vs. needs. A big part of being an ethical consumer is recognizing the difference between wants and needs.
  4. Buy for quality. Purchase products that will last.
  5. Shop local. Support local farms, buy in season, and shop at local businesses.
  6. Recycle and pay attention to packaging. Recycle whatever you can, compost what you can, and avoid buying products with a ton of packaging.
  7. What is it made of? If it is not fairly traded, look for materials that are organically made. Also, look for materials that aren’t made from animal products.
  8. Does it give back? A lot of products are now buy one give one. These companies like the TOMS Shoes One for One Movement donate one product to those in need for every one product you buy. Many people have different views on the sustainability of these programs and organizations, but they are worth considering, especially those that are moving towards full sustainability.
  9. Hold companies accountable. Every time you purchase something, you are casting your vote for what you want to see in the market. Hold your favorite companies accountable for where they get their raw materials.
  10. Take it day by day. In striving to be an ethical, conscious consumer, every effort counts, big or small. Strive for your best each day.

Source: www.elephantjournal.com


Sandra G. Malhotra is the Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Regenerate Magazine. She is just a little bit passionate about health and wellness being our birthright.