Your voice, your dollar, your impact… Reclaim your power as a consumer

The members of my community are proud to support the many local businesses in our area but are they aware that they might also be supporting the linear economy while doing so? The industrial revolution has brought to us great economic prosperity, but this era has brought with it the take, make and dispose mentality which has founded the “throwaway” consumer culture that we’re all too familiar with. The traditional model that is the linear economy pays no regards to the earth’s finite resources and is just simply unsustainable. 

Now, I’m not suggesting my community boycotts these local enterprises but instead that we urge the owners to take steps into becoming a more sustainable operation. It may sound like the business must undergo extensive restructuring but that surely isn’t the case. Take for example the local grocery store, by implementing simple policy improvements such as no longer selling water bottles or providing plastic bags, they’re encouraging their customers to use sustainable alternatives: reusable products.

I also suggest that the grocery store sells local produce. By doing so, my community would be supporting Ontarian farmers and our economy, as well as reducing carbon emissions created by the importation of these goods. As for food waste, it could be held in a compost bin to be later turned into non-toxic fertilizer in order to grow our local produce. These are effective examples of how we as consumers can demand that our local enterprises aid in the transition towards a circular economy. 

This is a great opportunity for businesses to join the rapidly growing market targeted towards environmentally conscious consumers. This economic system aimed at minimizing waste and making the most out of resources allows businesses to need less new materials through procedures of recovering and reprocessing. So, as a consumer, which economy would you rather support – the one that burns through our natural riches or the one that’s regenerative by design allowing future generations access to what’s left of our natural resources? The choice is yours. 

4 réflexions au sujet de “Your voice, your dollar, your impact… Reclaim your power as a consumer”

  1. Hi Aimée!

    I really enjoyed reading your article. It was interesting to hear about some of your ideas on possible initiatives towards implementing a circular economy in your community. I especially liked your idea of having the grocery store support local produce – I find that quite ingenious!

    Your article prompted me to look into some other possible initiatives, and I found this intriguing article: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/04/how-to-build-a-business-in-the-circular-economy/. Apparently a circular economy business known as « Terracycle » has decided to invest in used diapers (you might have to scroll down a bit to find it)! I recommend giving it a read – it’s quite fascinating.

    Looking forward to your next articles! 🙂
    Cathlin

    1. Thanks Cat!
      I took a peak at the article, I liked that it gave facts as to how a circular economy is realistic in today’s world and I like even more the fact that there are more and more compagnies doing their part to create a sustainable operation. It gives me hope for the future! lol

  2. Aimee Kwon, your articles blow me away, most of the time, I’m joking, all the time! You are right; we need to reclaim our power as consumers. As you said before, businesses do not take in consideration that what they do has a negative impact on the environment and that they are wasting resources. Businesses should be more concentrated on creating more sustainable operations for the environment, but do you think that we consumers also influence businesses to continue not to take consideration of the negative impact they have on the environment because we do not take a stand or fight against what they are doing?

  3. Hi Aimee, I really enjoyed reading your article, it came as new information to me. I didn’t know how much of an effect businesses have on our environment and local communities. I also now understand why people keep encouraging communities to buy local and organic produce. What do you feel about people who are not open to change whether it’s businesses or simply families who don’t want to alter their food diet?

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