How to Make a Mindful Purchase: 5 Tips for Every Conscious Consumer
Are you a conscious consumer? Try these simple ways to make mindful purchases that align with your values.
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Want to hear the good news? Each year, consumers are becoming more conscious of their purchasing decisions. Seriously, 62% of consumers globally are willing to change their purchasing habits to reduce their environmental impact.
To celebrate conscious consumers this holiday season, we’ve put together five tips that everyone can incorporate into a mindful shopping routine. From researching brands to sleeping on decisions, these tips will empower you to make informed choices that align with your values.
If you're a conscious consumer (or aspiring to be one!), keep reading. These practical tips will help you navigate a world of shiny new things, with mindfulness, intention, and purpose. Let's get started!
- What is conscious consumerism?
- 5 tips for conscious consumers
- Ask ‘why before you buy
- Slow down. Sleep on it.
- Be picky about quality
- Consider the lifespan of products
- Do your research
- Final thoughts: how to make a mindful purchase
What is conscious consumerism?
The opposite of an impulse spending splurge, conscious consumers make purchases that reflect their values and have a positive impact on the world. This connects to the common practice of mindfulness, being intentionally aware and engaged to what’s happening within yourself, and your surroundings.
Journal prompt for mindful purchases:
This mindset shift encourages you to be conscious of what impact you want to have on the world, what material things you truly need, and how your actions affect the environment, people, and the economy.
- 75% of US consumers care about products’ environmental impacts.
- In recent years, 85% of consumers have become “greener” in their purchasing habits.
- 79% of consumers are changing their purchasing habits to reflect their sense of social responsibility.
5 tips for conscious consumers
1. Ask ‘why’ before you buy
- Is it something that will truly enhance your life? or the result of impulse buying/ ‘retail therapy’?
- Is it a trend that’s likely to pass? Or something you’ll love for a long time?
- Does this brand have the same values as you? Are the other ones that are a better fit?
By questioning your motives, you can avoid unnecessary purchases and focus on what truly matters to you (your ‘why!)
2. Slow down. Sleep on it.
3. Be picky about quality
That might mean spending a little more on durable fabrics and well-made products initially,
4. Consider the lifespan of products
When making a purchase, consider if it’s something that will last for a long time, or if will it quickly wear out or become obsolete. Additionally, consider the product's potential for repair. Does the brand offer replacement parts?
When it comes to clothes, try this ‘cost-per-wear’ calculator. Opting for well-made and timeless pieces is a more mindful (and less stressful) approach to shopping than constantly chasing trends!
5. Do your research
With so many companies claiming to be sustainable and ethical, as a conscious consumer, it’s crucial to dig deeper to ensure their claims are credible and not simply a greenwashing tactic.
Look for certifications and third-party verifications that confirm a brand's commitment to sustainable and ethical practices – these green terms and definitions might help!
Consider factors such as where the products are made, the process, the treatment of workers, and how they’re packaged and shopped. Most brands will display this information on their websites, and customer reviews can provide valuable insight too.
Final thoughts: how to make a mindful purchase
Next time you find yourself reaching for your wallet, pause for a moment, and ask yourself: "does this align with my values?" Your choices matter, and by slowing down and following these 5 tips, you can make more intentional decisions.
By implementing these tips into your shopping routine, you can gradually shift towards a more sustainable lifestyle, and we’ll be cheering you on every step of the way. Together, we can make a difference, one mindful purchase at a time.