How to become a conscious consumer
Q: Increasingly I’m hearing more and more people talking about sustainability and being a conscious consumer. What is your idea of a conscious consumer and how can I transition mylifestyle to be more conscious? Thanks, Hailey
We are incredibly fortunate in the Western world to have an abundance of food available to us that we don’t have to grow, harvest or hunt for ourselves. Do you ever stop to consider where your food comes from? From the farmer who commits their life to feeding you through to the entire chain of production that takes place before something ends up in your shopping basket.
But on the other side of that fortune lies a disconnection to the supply chain that means we often forget the impact that our choices have on the world around us. I raise this, neither to elicit guilt, nor to make a political statement but because I think it’s important we all ask more questions.
I’ve discussed before about how important I think it is that
you choose organic produce and products where possible. I’m passionate about increasing your nutrient intake and the benefits that has on your health. But I’m also incredibly passionate about sustainability and the impact that we all have on our planet and its inhabitants.
We aren’t given a lot of information about the production methods that everything we buy passes through before it gets to us but we have more power than we realise. With every purchase you make, you’re communicating to producers and manufacturers where you stand on the quality, sustainability and integrity of the products available on the market.
Maybe there is a cost prohibitive for you around switching to organic or sustainable products. It’s true that
Here are some other suggestions to help you be the positive change the world needs today:
Take out packaged, processed foods and keep adding in local, fresh produce.
Source local, sustainable cafes and restaurants to dine in.
Switch plastic containers and bottles out for glass.
Recycle as much as you can and start a compost bin.
Shop eco-friendly, cruelty-free beauty products and fashion lines.
Switch to chemical-free cleaning products.
Use reusable alternatives to items commonly thrown out after one use, such as nappies, plastic wrap, paper towels and batteries.
Source the majority of your grocery items and fresh produce from local farmer’s markets and shops.
Dr Libby is a nutritional biochemist, best-selling author and speaker. The advice contained in this column is not intended to be a substitute for direct, personalised advice from a health professional.