Guide to Conscious Consumption

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Conscious consumption, or conscious consumerism, can be accomplished in a variety of ways, such as shopping for food products that avoid harm to nonhuman animals, using green cleaning products, drinking shade-grown, fair-trade coffee and organic wine free of harmful pesticides, driving small electric vehicles over instead of gas-guzzling SUVs, and boycotting fast-fashion brands and businesses that treat workers unfairly.

This guide will help you make buying decisions that are healthier for you, your family, nonhuman animals, and the planet.

Editor: Reynard Loki

With a food industry flooded with “humanewashing,” it can be difficult to separate truth from fiction. This guide will help you make more informed food purchases.
We can no longer rely on simple solutions like recycling to solve our plastic waste problem.
If it wasn’t shade-grown, your coffee most likely destroyed forest cover and wildlife habitat.
Factory farms are harmful to animals, the environment, local communities, and public health. We need a more logical and just food system.
Society’s addiction to palm oil—the world’s most widely consumed vegetable oil—is killing critically endangered Sumatran elephants.
The eco-footprint of the wine industry is significant, and some wineries are taking steps to reduce their impact. For conscious consumers, it’s about knowing what to look for.
Milk made from plants is entering the public consciousness (and stomachs) in coffee shops across the globe.
Americans eat more meat per capita than any other country, even though meat consumption is linked to heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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