9 Questions to check whether or not you are a responsible consumer

What could be better than to check directly if you really have planet-friendly and environmentally responsible habits? We ask you ten questions to answer honestly. Take your time.  

We need to start living more sustainably, that is a fact. We know those big companies are responsible for most of the pollution, overfishing leads to the extinction of species, the meat industry destroys the land and is polluting the world. But what most people don't realize is that the change also is up to you. As a consumer you've got the choice, now, are you game? As yourself these questions and see how you can help.

1. Do I really need to buy this?

Reason your consumption by attending to real needs, not just impulses. Buying more won't make you happier.

2. Do I buy local and seasonal products?

Buy locally and never forget your tote bag.

Ask your greengrocer about seasonal fruits, vegetables, cereals or grains that you may not have tried. You will help their economy,  reduce pollution due to transportation, and have more food variety to choose from.

3. Do I bring my own shopping bag?

Buy in bulk and avoid over-packaging. As the saying goes, there's no excuse for single use. 

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4. Do I look for products in reusable packaging?

You can give them a second life as containers, decoration or through some craft.  You'd be surprised what you can do if the packaging is pretty enough.

5. Do I plan my menu before I buy?

You will save money. If you have leftovers, there are recipe options for you to take advantage of.

Buy local and seasonal produce

6. Am I aware of the life cycle of a product and its environmental impact?

 Find out about the impact and costs of a product during its life cycle (production, distribution, use and disposal). Similarly, avoid purchasing products with limited use.

7. Do I choose biodegradable products?

It is advisable to choose products made from renewable, recycled and biodegradable materials. 

8. Do I take care of my clothes?

If you buy clothes and choose natural raw materials such as organic cotton, linen and hemp, silk or recycled fabrics, you are on the right track. Look for sustainable options in small neighborhood boutiques or online stores. If you don't like a garment anymore, don't throw it away, think about modifying it, exchanging it or reusing it. Avoid fast fashion and buy vintage.

Do you take care of your clothes?

9. Do I read labels?

If you need to buy electrical appliances, consider those with the lowest energy consumption indicated on the labels and to know if their materials will be recycled at the end of their useful life.

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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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