It’s 2019 and the world we live in is far from being healthy.

It’s hard to go a day without hearing about at least one of the ongoing environmental issues that we are facing.

Unfortunately for the health of our planet, and all of us living on it, Global Warming and Climate Change will only get worse if society doesn’t change their nasty habits.

Factory chimney smoke, copyright-free. Source: Pexels

There are plenty of ways that Australians can positively contribute to the environment, and being a conscious consumer is a very good start.

Conscious Consumerism is more than refusing to use a plastic bag for your groceries.

It’s about thinking of where your products come from, how much they cost the earth and making the choice to use the socially and environmentally considerate product or service.

Here are some ways that you can join the bandwagon and reduce your carbon footprint:

  1. Ditch the single-use plastics and make the switch to reusable packaging. Plastic wasn’t always around, so believe it or not, there was a time when people were perfectly content without it and you can be to. Some items that do the trick are: reusable mesh produce bags, a reusable bread bag, metal straws, canvas bags, reusable water bottles and bamboo/wooden cutlery.
  2. Choose to buy from environmentally ethical businesses. Suppliers are realising that Australians are becoming more aware of where their products come from and the waste that is produced when it’s being made. Due to this, they are catering for their consumers and focusing on the ways they can improve their standards. To help support this, buy from businesses that are sustainably practical and give feedback to the places that aren’t.
  3. Join the sharing economy. Australians are the second largest consumers of textiles. By sourcing clothes and other items from op-shops or hiring out clothing instead of buying, you can reduce the amount of textiles needing to be made. Using different platforms such as ‘Lend Me’ to hire out items that you don’t use often and are costly to buy, will reduce the amount of waste generated and save you a lot of money.

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