Challenge #28: Spend your money wisely

Pay extra attention to what kind of products you buy.

Spend your money wisely

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

-Jane Goodall

Hi, folks!

This week’s challenge is all about reminding you of the power and the responsibility you hold in your hands as a consumer. That’s right, each and every one of us has the right to choose what kind of products will we spend our money on.

We (the consumers) have the power

Corporates can make all sorts of products and put them on the shelves but we, the consumers, have the choice of buying them or not buying them. And trust us, if we don’t buy a certain product they stop producing it sooner than later. It’s that simple.

It is very important we use the power we have as consumers as wisely as possible. However, that can often be harder than it sounds. Due to numerous marketing tricks in form of appealing commercials, it can be quite difficult to know which is a good quality product made by a company that has the environment and consumers in its best interest.

When it comes to groceries the best you can do is to avoid buying processed food as much as possible. Most of the products that come in nice packages are produced by big companies that pay very little to no attention to the environment. They usually exploit less developed countries, such as Indonesia, where they do horrible stuff to the environment (cutting down trees to make room for plantations, destroying tropical forests, etc.) and local workers. Moreover, they often use substances that are bad for your health and well-being, just to increase their profit.

Should you eat less meat?

Also do your best to eat less meat, since meat industry is one of the most polluting industries out there. To learn more about that click here.

Think before you buy

Think before you buy! Choose the products you buy wisely and always keep in mind the power you have as a consumer. Do your best to pay attention to what you buy even after this week will pass.

We also invite you to watch Woody Harrelson’s video in which he addresses this topic.

“Never doubt that one person can make a difference.”

-Ingrid Newkirk

Take-home points:
  • Shop responsibly, you can make a bigger difference than you might think.
  • Avoid buying processed food as much as possible.
  • Eat less meat.

Have a nice week.

Love,

Good Earthlings

2 comments

  1. Celeste says:

    Great website to challenge each and everyone one of us to make this world a better place. I love your challenge because it makes each one of us responsible. I think we are so brainwashed into buying certain things these days due to advertising and the media. It’s important to stop and think before we buy. I totally agree that the power actually lies in our (the consumers) hands. If we don’t buy a certain product they won’t produce it. Thanks for your article it really made me stop and think about my buying habits.