THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING A CONSCIOUS SHOPPER IN 2019
When someone sees another struggling with debt and overwork good friends want to help! So as a good friend an effort is made to sit with them and ask them how they’re feeling. Friends often have a viewpoint of someone from the outside looking in. So they see many different angles of the subject, therefore, giving good advice.
The conversation is in their best interest but sometimes the person doesn’t see it that way. Instead, they’ll internalize it, consider points made then make an excuse. An excuse that makes it okay to continue living the same way. For instance, I don’t need the same things in life. Life will work itself out. I’m different then everyone else. It’s the way the world works but it’s not how I want to live my life.
The reasons are empowering enough to continue down the same path. The conversation was in their best interest yet it doesn’t matter. The reality of the situation can be so powerful that it makes those suffering feel powerless. Until one day they make a change OR the day comes when life makes a change for them!
It’s a lot harder to endure the latter because they will have no control. This leaves one feeling powerless resulting in more stress leading often into depression. I think good friends hope the result they warn against will not happen. However, the inevitability is left up to the future and no one can predict it.
WHEN YOUR NOT ENOUGH
I want to be a good friend to you. Yes, you! The one that has taken the time to read my blog! I’m very happy you’ve decided to join me and discover more about the environmental movement. It’s sad to see the news stories pop in and out of our daily lives. Remember the wildfires in California? Or the whales that have continually washed ashore along the Coast?
For those living, there are indicators swirling around that tell us we’re going to be in trouble. It’s important middle-class Canadians don’t ignore environmental issues. If we’re not having conversations then the problem is still being ignored. We’ve got our excuses! I believed that because I was doing my part by recycling that it was good enough.
Five years ago while recycling I had no idea the great garbage patch was growing into the 1.6 million square kms it is today. It’s terrible because I didn’t realize that it wasn’t only what I do with garbage that matters! I assumed It was the only way but realize now I didn’t see the bigger picture. I needed a friend to tell me I was wrong.
To solve the problem I should’ve stopped buying over packaged anything! Produce, toys, soap, electronics, office products, and personal health care products. Then one day I had an epiphany! I woke up and realized that it’s not just me. It’s everybody! We’re all running our daily lives in the same way, uneducated, groomed by media and allowing our impulses to rule our consumerism.
So I set out to create this blog to spread the word.
Climate Change is costly
The biggest issue faced today are the global losses caused by natural disasters. Yes, some say it’s an act of God and there isn’t much we can do about it. However, the United Nations warns that the accumulations of Green House Gases (GHG) have reached levels not seen in three million years. The largest concentration of GHG comes from carbon dioxide which is largely the product of burned fossil fuels.
2018 turned out to be the fourth costliest in thirty years from natural disasters. The average insured losses per year are around 41 billion US. But, this past year turned into a devastating 80 billion dollars in insured losses worldwide. Yet, that’s still not the big picture because almost half the people who were victims of natural disasters didn’t have insurance to protect them. The grand total of all losses occurring from wildfires, hurricanes, floods, typhoons, earthquakes, and tornadoes was 140 billion US dollars.
As a friend, I want to tell you that with good intentions we can reshape our reality. It’s the simplest things we can change like our conversations with the people around us. It helps to reset the brain and allows us to rethink how we live our own lives by just talking.
As a friend, I want to tell you that with good intentions we can reshape our reality. It’s the simplest things we can change like our conversations with the people around us. It helps to reset the brain which allows us to rethink how we live our own lives by just talking. It really helps today there is momentum in social media, news stories, and the “resistance” movement.
We can ease into a conversation armed with information easier now than ever before! What are our dreams? How do we see the future of our children? Talking will keep the issues we face at the forefront of our lives but the solution, however, can only come with action.
Our daily actions take things to a whole new level. I’ve been writing, learning and trying to live consciously since January. It was my new year resolution to take action and begin the journey. However, I’ve found it hard to prepare as a full-time Realtor and Mom.
Yes, in order to use less plastic there has to be a battle plan. My intentions were good, but I was blind! You don’t just wake up one day and say, “today I’m going to shop consciously. To shop consciously there are things to remember.
One of those things is don’t use plastic bags. Always remember to bring cloth bags! This is tough since they’re continuously moving. Shopping involves knowing where your cloth bags are at all times! Spontaneously picking up an onion after work can end up becoming a shopping trip with half a dozen things by the end. If the bags are not in your hand chances are they’re in two places either the trunk of the car or at home.
Secondly, buy Bulk. The idea of going to the store to pick up a prepackaged item is causing climate change. Those days are over. If we care. To be a conscious shopper we’ve got to bring our own glass jars. Mason jars work perfectly and they look great in the cupboard too. Go with the wide mouth jar or bring a funnel so you don’t make a big mess while you pour the contents. Ask the ladies or gents in the deli section or checkout to give you the tare weight of your jar before filling it. Mark what the tare weight of each jar is on the bottom and you’re ready to go!
Finally, when you buy items that you continuously use go with ingredients that are found locally. It not only stimulates the local economy but also reduces the carbon footprint of the item. Your shopping habits can be the life or death of a good local supplier. It’s important to do your homework and discover new products to buy in the community. Farmers markets, Google, Facebook, and Varagesale are good resources for online