conscious consumerism

16 Things to Look for Used Before You Buy New

“While thrift shopping is a prime way to play treasure hunt and score unique finds, it has another remarkable advantage: It’s a great way to lighten your carbon footprint.” Reader’s Digest Thrifting and sourcing out second hand or new-to-us items has become a habit for my family. I love saving money, the thrill of the hunt and it doesn’t hurt that it doesn’t hurt the earth either. I have gotten to the point where I… Read More »16 Things to Look for Used Before You Buy New

Consuming vs Consumerism

Photo by Anna Dziubinska on Unsplash WHAT DO WE NEED? Some people say that advertising is an effective way of selling new products, and many people argue that its effectiveness brainwashes us into unnecessary spending. Others, however, disagree, saying that advertising can’t sell a product; it can only help to sell a product that people want to buy. My question is, how do people decide what object/product/device they need? How do we define NEED? After… Read More »Consuming vs Consumerism

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, V-day Can Be GREEN, Here’s What To Do…

Step into any major grocery store chain or department store and the front shelves are lined with pink and red items. The majority of these are single use and heavily over packaged. Everything from candies and chocolates to teddy bears and plastic heart shaped rings and toys. Marketers never skip an opportunity to sell you something “holiday” themed. According to the World Resources Institute “North America did not embrace the holiday until Hallmark cards specialized… Read More »Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, V-day Can Be GREEN, Here’s What To Do…