Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sustainable Consumption an Oxymoron?

Definitions from Dictionary.com

sustainable (səˈsteɪnəbəl)
2. (of economic development, energy sources, etc) capable of being maintained at a steady level without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damage: sustainable development

con·sump·tion   /kənˈsʌmpʃən/ Show Spelled[kuhn-suhmp-shuhn]
1.the act of consuming, as by use, decay, or destruction.

Is sustainable consumption paradoxical? How can we maintain something by taking it away? Short from totally not consuming at all, we can be kinder to Earth and ourselves by being aware of the consequences of the choices that we make. Asking where and how things come from is a good way to start. Give it some thought if we can forego that purchase or when we must, is it so hard to choose the eco-happy one over the familiar labels for $5 more?

I'm no green graduate but am taking baby steps and lapping up on info. I'm with you if you like the idea of eco but still find yourself having to consciously nudge yourself to do the right thing. I will admit I subscribe to this:

Focus on the big print and the small print will become even smaller.

share a little, or a lot! x

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