5 easy steps to become a responsible consumer (and save money)

5 easy steps to become a responsible consumer (and save money)

We can spend hours talking about climate change or how we burn the Amazon rainforest but we also have the option to talk less and do more. Let's try to take these 5 easy steps to become more responsible as consumers and save some money while at it. 

1.5.  This number is important for everyone: 1.5 degrees Celsius is the maximum increase in global temperature that we can allow because if we exceed that limit, global warming could have devastating consequences for the planet and the species that inhabit it.

Taking care of the environment implies a deep transformation of our lifestyle. We know it is not simple, but it is not impossible either. Let's go little by little, at our own pace. The important thing is to start taking baby steps, and what better than to do it from our home. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you will also be saving some money.

Tips to Become a responsible consumer 

1. Consume less energy

Consume less energy

Do you really need to have all the house lights on if you're in a room alone? Turning off lights, appliances, even unplugging cell phone chargers when not in use represents an energy saving. 

The TV and washing machine are two energy-demanding appliances. Nowadays there are devices that are eco-friendly, so make sure to choose models that are more energy-efficient -they consume less energy and water.

But the big king of energy expenditure is air conditioning. It can use the same energy as TVs, washing machines or refrigerators put together. Switch of appliances you're not using and your energy bill will also reflect it. 

2. Consume less water

How can you reduce your water expenditure? Well, first: take showers, not baths, and, ideally, the daily shower should not exceed five minutes. Turning off the tap while when brushing our teeth and hands, means significant savings. Fixing water leaks is another way to save water.

We can do much more with water care. Exhaust the life of the products you have at home, reuse them, do not buy new products, by doing so we use less natural resources such as water, we reduce pollution and generate less waste.

Take showers, not baths.

3. Consume seasonal veggies and fruits

When we buy seasonal fruits and vegetables, produced in places close to our home, we are avoiding the promotion of intensive horticultural productions, which demand large amounts of water, causing the overexploitation of aquifers and demands for external water contributions to the place of production.

Buy locally.

Not to mention the price tag. For example, we can choose to buy locally produced fruits, vegetables and other foods in an agro-ecological way (free of GMOs and agro-toxins, seasonal, without packaging and with a low carbon footprint). You can also choose to produce your own food by starting your own home garden.

Buy seasonal products.

4. Avoid unnecessary products

Avoid single-use products

Try to examine everything you consume. Do you really need another water bottle? We can repair items such as clothing and shoes to extend their life; we can choose to buy second-hand clothes and other items instead of new ones; or exchange our clothes with friends and family. There are even apps where you can sell and buy vintage clothes. I also recommend building a capsule closet, it will save you time, and most importantly money. 

Buy clothes in second-hand stores.

5. Avoid packaging

We can choose to buy in bulk (food, pet food, detergents, etc.), look for solid presentations of shampoo or creams, and opt for reusable items, such as carrying your own reusable bag when you go to stock up on groceries.

Avoid packaging whenever possible.

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Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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