Sustainability 101: Being a Conscious Minimalist
Throughout history, we have seen many societies collapse due to an inability to adapt to the conditions brought on by human action and unsustainable practices. Whether that was eliminating a species from the natural ecosystem causing an imbalance, overuse of natural resources, such as trees, or not adapting to climate change. We can learn from our history and from our mistakes to understand that the path we are heading down in our modern world will have significant potential damage for our future generations.
We live in a fast pace, consumerist and largely over developed urban world, where we are consuming 40% more natural resources every year than what we can re-produce. We are responsible for the choices in our lives that affect the environment, the climate and our future generations. This includes being conscious about what we eat, what types of products we purchase, and how much we consume.
How can you help do your part in contributing to a more sustainable and eco-empowering world?
There are many ways you can do your part in helping to achieve a more sustainable future, here are a few suggestions:
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. When able you should re-use what you can, similar to the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. When you absolutely “must” make a new purchase, look for products that are made from recycled materials. Do your background research on the companies you purchase from, everything from their shipping methods to manufacturing. Shopping for products that come from recycled materials does not mean that they won’t last long, quite the contrary, these products tend to be more durable and longer lasting. They also help reduce pollution emitted during the manufacturing process. Before your next purchase, ask yourself if you really need it, and if you do, consider a “conscious” product with minimal packaging and carbon neutral shipping options. Here are a few suggestions of products made from premium recycled materials:
- Look for Products that are Fairtrade Certified. Programs such as Fair Trade have a positive global impact on both ethical production and our environment. Fair Trade helps businesses source products that are ethically and sustainably produced while giving consumers confidence that the people behind the products they buy get a fair deal for their hard work. By purchasing Fairtrade certified products, you can help advance social development while practicing good environmental practice. Here are a few suggestions of Fairtrade certified products:
- Go #PlasticFree. More than 8 million metric tons of plastics enter our oceans every year. Within the next decade, there will be a pound of plastic for every 3 pounds of fish in the ocean. Plastic kills thousands of seabirds, sea turtles, seals and other marine mammals every year. Start going #PlasticFree by using a reusable shopping bag or tote, refuse to use wasteful plastic water bottles by using a reusable bottle and substitute plastic straws with hay straws. Also, be aware of what packaging the brands you shop from use in their shipping process. Whenever possible, cut down on your plastic use.
For the sake of our natural ecosystems and for the sake of future generations on this planet, we must all do our part in being conscious about what we use, where we shop, and what materials our products are made of.
About Conscious Minimalist
In June 2020, we created a Conscious Community for our customers to know that they can find high quality products that are ethically sourced, sustainable, and environmentally conscious. The key concept of being a Conscious Minimalist is being intentional about what you purchase and the impact that it has, everything in moderation. Every product in our community is 100% sustainably and ethically made. With every purchase, we donate to protect our oceans and support local non-profits that are aligned to building a more conscious and positive society.