From the get go, the phrase “sustainable shopping” seems like an oxymoron. It’s especially impossible during this holiday season, a time when malls are jam-packed with various new exciting merchandises that tickle our every fancy.
Given the countless irresistible things we can buy to spruce up all aspects of our lives, how is one supposed to shop sustainably this holiday season?
You’re probably saying sustainable shopping is best left for hard-core treehuggers. We’re used to shopping indulgently, it’s our money after all. We shop for pleasure and as a way to reward ourselves, to have something tangible, to finally obtain that sweet, sweet fruit of our labors, so why edit ourselves?
But here’s the thing: everything we do leaves a ripple of consequence for the environment. It’s called a carbon footprint—the total sum of greenhouse gases caused by all our activities—whether that be traveling by car, or watching TV, or eating dinner, or manufacturing the endless array of products that define our commercialized lives. Even something as trivial as a cutesy disposable smartphone case or yet another fancy thingamajig that will eventually just end up being forgotten in the drawer—those little things add up and impact the environment because of their carbon footprint.
Of course, it’s the holiday season and we have to do some shopping at one point or another. We won’t be a wet blanket and beseech everyone not to shop. But we can at least give you a few tips on making your purchases as sustainable as they can be.
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