Shopping may not feel fun if you are worried that your choices may affect the environment or the world community. Fortunately, you can still buy the items you need while protecting the earth's resources. Being an attentive consumer means that you are aware of your actions and how they affect the planet, your community and other people.  To be an attentive consumer, change your shopping habits, reflect on your purchases and manage waste consciously.
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[ Edit ] Change your shopping habits
- Buy only the things you need. You need things like food, clothing and personal care products. Also, it's okay to decorate your home and buy accessories. But it is easy to buy more things than you actually need. Before you make a purchase, think about whether you really need that item or if it's just something that would be nice to have. 
- For example, you need a winter coat to keep you warm. It is perfectly fine to choose a stylish gown that will make you feel good! But you probably don't need 5 different coats so you can change your look every day.
- Select used items whenever possible. Buying second hand saves money and helps the planet. Shop for garage sales, thrift stores, consignment shops, and online resale sites to look for things you need. If you can, buy these items used to help you become a more attentive consumer. 
- Don't buy items you don't need, even if they are second-hand. Someone else may really need that article, so let them find it.
- Shop locally to reduce emissions and support your community. Buying local foods is usually better for the environment as they do not need to be shipped. These foods are usually grown seasonally and in their original environment. Buying items from local stores also supports your community and helps small businesses thrive. Here are some ways to shop locally: 
- Go to farmer's markets.
- Purchase from local craftsmen.
- Go to local businesses.
- Use reusable shopping bags to reduce waste. Both shopping and plastic bags use the resources of the earth, so it is best to avoid them if you can. Always bring reusable bags when you go shopping. In addition, keep a bag or 2 in the car for improvised shopping trips so you are never without a bag. 
- Some stores offer you a discount if you bring your own bag. Ask the clerk if you are eligible for a discount when checking out.
- Choose items that have less packaging so that there is less waste. The packaging that your products come in will immediately be wasted after opening the item. When you buy something new you can compare the amount of packaging with your different options. Then select the item that has the least amount of packaging. 
- See if you can recycle the packaging when you open the item. For example, cardboard or plastic packaging can be recycled.
- Look for fair or eco-friendly labels on the products you buy. Some products that are ethically produced have labels that help you easily identify them. Normally, fair trade means that the company paid fair prices to the manufacturer of the goods. Environmentally friendly means that the product was manufactured in an environmentally sustainable way. Check out products for these labels to help you make easy shopping decisions. 
- For example, you can find notebooks made from recycled material that has an eco-friendly label. In the same way, you often see chocolate and coffee with a fair trade mark, which says that the farmers were properly paid for their cocoa or coffee beans.
- It is still important that you do not buy more than you need, even if items are fair or environmentally friendly.
[ Edit ] Reflect on your purchases
- Make sure you have a purpose for every purchase you make. When you find something you want, pause for a moment and think about how it fits into your life. Find out how to use it and if you already have an object that serves that purpose. Buy the item only if you have a reason to get it. 
- For example, let's say you need a new pair of running shoes because your old shoes are worn. In this case, you would have a purpose for buying the shoes. However, it may not be an attentive purchase if your current shoes are in good condition.
- Identify the disadvantages of purchasing an item. When you are considering buying an item, you should think about how it affects the environment. Also, look at how it is produced. Do your best to choose things that have less impact on the planet and the world community. Here are some things to keep in mind: 
- Can the item be reused or recycled?
- Do you have room for the item?
- Is the item sustainably produced?  Was the product manufactured ethically?
- Research articles to choose the most ethical alternative. Look up companies and products online to learn more about how they are produced. Then create a list of companies that have the values you support. Buy the items you need from the places you know to support your ideals. 
- For example, learn about the material that goes into the products you buy. Also see how they are manufactured, for example where they are manufactured and who makes them.
[ Edit ] Managing waste consciously
- Use items until they are used or broken. When you own an article, do your best to extend its lifespan for as long as possible. Store your items until they are worn out or are no longer useful. Then try to reuse it for another purpose. Don't throw it away until you can't figure out another use for it. 
- Donate items in good condition that you no longer use. If you no longer need things, you can try to keep them out of the trash. Give the items to a thrift store or charity if you can. As another option, you can offer the items to family or friends. This keeps things out of landfills. 
- Giving away your old stuff also helps your community because it allows others to buy what they need.
- Make green crafts with disposable items. It is best to reuse items instead of recycling them or throwing them out. Get creative with the things you no longer need and turn these objects into crafts. Look for inspiration online! 
- For example, you can cut a paper towel roll and glue the pieces together to create a wreath.
- Recycle pasta sauce cans or salsa pots to store food or as candlesticks.
- Make a vase or cup out of a wine bottle.
- Recycle items that are no longer useful. Before throwing an item, check it to see if it is okay to recycle it. If they are, put them in the trash rather than in the trash. This ensures that the earth's resources are well used. 
- Some recycling companies require that you sort the items before submitting them for recycling. If this is the case for you, make sure you group the items according to the instructions. For example, add plastic to one group and paper to another.
- Composts unprocessed food instead of throwing it in the trash. Organic material such as unprocessed food and fruit or vegetable peel can be composted rather than thrown in the garbage. Put your leftover food in a compost pile in the garden or in a compost box you have in the kitchen. Later you can use your compost to fertilize your plants if you like. 
- Do not put meat, fat, fat or bone in your compost pile. It is also best to avoid the composting of pastries or dairy as they attract pests. 
- If you don't use your compost, offer it to people who might be able to use it, as a gardener.
[ Edit ] Tips
- It is best to buy fewer items and use them for as long as possible.
- Give others advice on how to be a conscious consumer. But do not harass people or make them feel bad if they make different choices than yours.
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[ Edit ] References
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