Is consumerism burning holes in your pockets?
Consumerism, like capitalism, is based on the interest of a pole of society. To benefit that part of society which has already benefited from the many faces of consumption. And to add to that, consumerism has quickly made its way into people’s homes and now into their pockets. Consumerism is actually burning holes in your pocket, without you knowing it.
What is consumerism? Who created this model? Who benefits?
Good! According to Wikipedia, “consumerism is a social and economic order / model that encourages the acquisition of goods and services in ever increasing quantities”
Yes, you read that right. In ever increasing quantities. Which means that the same product is presented to you in different colors, with different minor variations at regular intervals. It also means that you are buying products that you may not even need.
How many products do you have in your closet that are redundant or never used?
How often do you go shopping?
Shopping festivals and mega-sales are part of all this consumerism, so are you. Also, all of these social media delicacies are part of this consumerism and capitalism model too. I’m not against it, but when you see how this template slowly kills the essence of simplicity, you might want to incorporate minimalist lifestyle.
And no consumerism doesn’t just burn a hole in your pocket. It is also doing something terrible for society as a whole. Do you want to know what?
An ever-increasing demand for goods has placed considerable pressure on natural resources such as water and raw materials. This results in excessive use of energy thus degrades the environment.
According to National Geographic, “About 1.7 billion people belong to the global ‘consumer class’. it was in 2004
According to another unep.org report, “new technological solutions and a gradual change in consumption patterns are needed at all levels to stop climate change”
Consumerism in simpler terms means the constant purchase of goods, with little attention to their real need, durability, product origin, or environmental consequences of their manufacture and disposition.
This means that natural resources are used to create products at a rapid rate and also waste – additional unused end products are then dumped into the sea. You have to adapt conscious consumerism.
Why the reuse of goods and waste use is not part of the production-consumption cycle?
Why is the “throwaway” culture not rejected?
Quick mode and a constant new version of mobiles launched within weeks is another example of how we are being run by the hands of consumerists
Consumerism must be either slowed or stopped in order not only to save the planet, but also to save your pockets.
How can you, as a consumer, minimize the growth of consumerism?
- Accept the minimalist life, the minimalist lifestyle it’s living with only the things you need. Minimalists are freed from the desire to buy and accumulate more
- Buy and promote the use of Ecological products
- Say no to fast fashion
- Adapt conscious consumerism
These steps will not only save the planet, but also help you avoid that burn in your pocket.
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