Consumerism is Here To Stay - Let's Make it Worthwhile
It is clear that we live in a consumer-driven world. Back in 1900s, people only owned the essentials. Today, most of us live in apartments full of things that we don’t need and have closets crammed with clothes that we don’t wear.
Joshua Becker, popular advocate for owning less to live more and creator of Becoming Minimalist, posted 21 statistics in his blog that confirm our obsession with consumption.
Here are a few highlights from that list:
“The average American woman owns 30 outfits - one for every day of the month. In 1930, that figure was nine" - Forbes.
“Americans spend more on shoes, jewelry, and watches ($100 billion) than on higher education" - Psychology Today.
“3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally" - UCLA.
While fast fashion is a culprit for some of these shopping habits, online shopping is to blame too - the simple click of a button just makes it so easy to shop! So, let’s accept it - consumerism is part of our lifestyle. If it’s so entrenched in our culture, what can we do to make a better use of those dollars? I’m interested in at least making it worthwhile by buying responsibly from companies with a social mission.
That is why I started this blog. While I am not taking an anti-consumerism stance here, (trust me, I love shopping!), I am advocating for “conscious consumerism” because it has the potential to create positive social change. If we can be more responsible about what we buy and whom we buy it from, our dollars could go a long way to help others.
This is not to say that this will solve our society’s most intricate problems; rather, this is simply one practical way because it tweaks our current shopping habits to do good. It goes without saying, but taking part in this market would also inspire more social innovators and support the growth of the social impact sector.
If you’re interested in giving responsibuys a try, stay tuned! I’ll share stories about innovative products and highlight companies with socially responsible business models.