Posted on December 10 2018
Consciously consuming makes a big difference
Environmental protection ... of course you would like to do something. Do more. But how can this be implemented in everyday life? Because we all consume resources for our daily needs. One more, the other less. We eat and drink, drive cars and need clothes. And all of this is being produced in varying degrees of industrialization. When processing the raw materials that are necessary for our livelihood, in turn resources are consumed. And all the goods we need are packed, refrigerated, stored, transported ...
You guessed it, life is expensive. Well, we can not stop breathing and eating, and you definitely should wear something. Nobody has to completely renounce the pleasant things of life. It depends on how you consume. Therefore, keep your eyes open when shopping, occasionally question your own requirements and sometimes look behind the many "eco-labels".
How you can live more sustainably ...
...You have already thought about that, otherwise you would not have ended up here on the NIKIN blog. You've already started asking yourself what you buy every day. Keep asking. There are two basic ways to live more sustainably:
Consume less ... well, that's the way it is. If you believe in advertising, pretty much anything is now eco-friendly, and even completely light-metal or plastic-wrapped disposable capsules for coffee and the like get an eco-seal. These are now more or less successful promotional spins, which are also referred to as "greenwash". Meaning: it gets a green coat umgehängt, the consumer believes it is happy and buys. But the product is not really sustainable. And to consume unrestrained, what the stuff holds, just can not. That's never ecological. If you get out of season exotic fruit, on top of that packed in plastic and then also very cheap, is offered - that's delicious. Sustainable but not. If you want to change something yourself, a little, well, not abandonment, but a change of habits is appropriate. Treat yourself to your fruit. For his season. And buy it if possible in the surrounding area at the producer. This has two advantages: YOU know where the product comes from and you promote the producer. So you help to preserve valuable old varieties of fruit, regional cheese specialties and domestic livestock species, which otherwise fall prey to the great egalitarian machinery of globally standardized cheap consumption. Bottom line: look where your goods are coming from.
A little questioning your own consumption also has its good side. Think about where the things you consume come from. Why is clothing so cheap? Who has to make sacrifices for buying a t-shirt for five euros, maybe even less? Why is a new smartphone so affordable? What is there in there everything in the thing? Where does that end up when you dispose of it? Therefore: Do you really need the latest model every year, or do you prefer to use what you have until it gives up the ghost?
And once you're questioning, then at some point you'll be wondering who actually uses all of this consumption. Yourself? Or rather, rather, the big corporations, which make the world happy with affordable to cheap products?
Wondering what is really important
Remember that you can not buy the really important things in life. Once you begin to tap your own life on sustainability, you'll almost automatically start wondering if it's worth it - digging for consumer goods every day. You may start to slow down your life: game nights instead of shopping, cooking with friends instead of fast food parties, cycling instead of a new car.
Recycle instead of throwing away
A very important contribution to sustainability also in consumption is the reuse of basic materials, as thoroughly as possible. Not only our consumption, but also our waste creates problems. Recycling starts with the purchase. Glass instead of plastic, paper or cardboard instead of cellophane. In larger cities, there are already shops where you can buy packaging-free and weighed products such as pasta or legumes. No revolutionary concept, because in the past that was common practice. Even easier: the gear to the market. With the shopping net instead of the plastic bag.
Of course, waste can not be completely avoided, but as you change your lifestyle and shopping habits, you will notice that much less waste is generated. For what stays, of course helps the separation of waste. Recycling valuable materials such as glass or metal makes sense. And anyone who can compost organic waste will benefit from it here.
Live consciously - enjoy more consciously
The best thing about the whole thing is: You will notice that you live your life more consciously. Thinking about your own consumption habits changes the way you enjoy your food, for example, or value your free time. You are doing the environment something good. And you do yourself well.