Weniger ist mehr – bewusst konsumieren verändert die Welt - NIKIN EU

Less is more – conscious consumption changes the world

Today we live in a consumer and unfortunately also in a throwaway society. The consequences of such a lifestyle are fatal and no longer bearable. What can you personally do to counteract this negative process? Find out here!

Consuming consciously makes a big difference

Environmental protection… of course you would like to do something about that too. Do more. But how can this be implemented in everyday life? Because we all use resources for our daily needs. One more, the other less. We eat and drink, drive cars and need clothing. And all of this is produced with varying degrees of industrialization. Resources are used in the processing of the raw materials that are necessary for our livelihood. And all the goods we need are packaged, cooled, stored, transported...

You guessed it, life is complex. Now we can't stop breathing and eating, and you should definitely wear something. Nobody has to completely renounce the pleasant things in life. It depends on how you consume. Therefore: keep your eyes open when shopping, question your own standards from time to time and take a look behind the many “eco seals”.

How you can live more sustainably…

.You've already thought about this, otherwise you wouldn't have ended up here on the NIKIN blog. You've already started asking yourself what you buy every day. Feel free to ask further. There are two basic methods to live more sustainably:

  • Use less
  • Question your own consumption in terms of ecological sustainability and social justice

Use less

Consume less.Well, that's how it is. If you believe the advertising, pretty much everything is now organic, and even disposable capsules for coffee and the like that are completely wrapped in light metal or plastic get an eco-label. These are more or less successful advertising spins, which are also referred to as “greenwash”. That means: it gets a green coat, the consumer believes it, is happy and buys it. However, the product is not really sustainable. And consuming as much as you can without restraint is simply not possible. This is never ever ecological. If you are offered exotic fruit out of season, packaged in plastic and also very cheap - that's delicious. But not sustainable. If you want to change something yourself, a little, well, not sacrifice, but a change in your lifestyle is appropriate. Treat yourself to your fruit. To his season. And if possible, buy it from a local producer. This has two advantages: YOU know where the product comes from and you support the producer. In this way, you help to preserve valuable old varieties of fruit, regional cheese specialties and local livestock species that would otherwise fall victim to the large leveling machinery of globally standardized cheap consumption. The bottom line: Look where your goods come from.

 

Question more

Questioning your own consumption a little also has its benefits. Think about where the things you consume come from. Why are clothes so cheap? Who has to sacrifice for you to buy a T-shirt for five euros, maybe even less? Why is a new smartphone so affordable? What's actually in this thing? Where does it go when you dispose of it? Therefore: Do you really need the latest model every year, or would you rather use what you have until it gives up the ghost?

And if you're already questioning it, then at some point you'll start to ask yourself who actually benefits from all this consumption. Yourself? Or rather the big corporations that delight the world with affordable to cheap products?

Ask yourself what's really important

Remember that you can't buy the really important things in life. Once you start “scrutinizing” your own life for sustainability, you will almost automatically begin to ask yourself whether it is worth it – to toil every day for consumer goods. You may start to slow down your life: game nights instead of shopping, cooking with friends instead of fast food parties, bike rides instead of a new car.

Recycle instead of throwing away

A very important contribution to sustainability, including in consumption, is the reuse of raw materials, and as thoroughly as possible. Because not only our consumption, but also our waste creates problems. Recycling starts with shopping. Glass instead of plastic, paper or cardboard instead of cellophane. There are already shops in larger cities where you can buy packaging-free and pre-measured products such as pasta or legumes. Not a revolutionary concept, because it used to be common practice. Even easier: going to the market. With the shopping net instead of the plastic bag.

Of course, waste cannot be completely avoided, but as you change your lifestyle and shopping habits, you will notice that much less waste is generated. Of course, waste separation helps with what remains. Recycling recyclable materials such as glass or metal makes sense. And anyone who can compost organic waste will benefit from it further.

Live more 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 or value your free time, for example. You are doing something good for the environment. And you are doing yourself good.

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