CONSCIOUS CONSUMERISM

What is Conscious Consumerism? Spending and investing your money consciously, consuming resources responsibly, and finding out what happens when you don't. Help our economy and society heal and move toward the ultimate goal with conscious consumerism articles and videos here at All Things Healing. For more consumerism articles and consumerism videos, visit us online today!

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Jean-Pierre Ruiz is the founder of EcoStar Health, Inc., a California-based e-tailer of Earth-Conscious products with a mission to empower people to take control of their health. EcoSta...
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We are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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In order for the "USDA Organic" label to remain meaningful, it is critical that consumers continue to put pressure on the USDA to uphold the highest organic standards. Only reputable certifying agencies should be accredited, and only food that is grown in accordance with current requirements should be certified...

 

 

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by Jean-Pierre Ruiz, President & CEO of Ecostar Health, LLC,
ATH Co-Editor of Conscious Consumerism

There are probably millions of apps out there. There is new one, however, that conscious consumers might want to download and, best of all, it’s FREE...


Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Find out about a free app that will let you know whether the product you are buying violates your principles. When you scan a product bar code with Buycott, the software traces the ownership back to the parent company and, if you join one of the many campaigns, it also lets you know whether the product is produced under conditions or using raw materials that you approve. It even lets you find products that support your principles. All in a nifty and free package.

 

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This is a non-commercial attempt from www.sanctuaryasia.com to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless 'consumers' are combining to destroy life on earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network.

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Are GMOs safe? Hear directly from farmers the effects introducing GMO-feed had on their herd. Then, decide whether GMOs are safe for you and your family, including eating meat from GMO-fed cattle or poultry.

 

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by Dr. Tracy Darling

Most everyone agrees that being eco-conscious means knowing how the products you purchase and use affect the environment, not only at the point of use, but throughout the product’s life cycle, from harvesting/producing the raw materials, to its manufacturing process, to its disposal. But there’s also another facet to being eco-conscious, and that is how it affects your health...

 

Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Many of us think about how being an eco-conscious consumer affects the planet. But it also affects our health. In this article, Dr. Darling explains how most mattresses are manufactured using highly toxic chemicals and their effect on your health.

 

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by Chuck Durrett
Last year Americans drove 5 billion miles caring for seniors in their homes (Meals on Wheels, Whistle Stop Nurses, etc). In our small, semi-rural county in the Sierra foothills, Telecare made 60,000 trips in massive, lumbering, polluting vans-buses usually carrying only one senior at a time schlepping a couple thousand seniors total over hill and dale to doctor's appointments, to pick up medicine, or to see friends. In our cohousing community of 21 seniors, I have never seen a single Telecare bus in the driveway. In cohousing it happens organically by caring neighbors...

 

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by Dr. Tracy A. Darling, MD

On November 9, 2010 ConsumerLab.com{1} reported on their analysis of 10 different forms of valerian root. They found only 3 that met label claims...

 

Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Dr. Darling exposes the fact that sometimes you do get what you pay. Referring to analyses performed by ConsumerLab.com, a non-profit, Dr. Darling shows that supplements may, in many instances, contain fillers and other materials, such as heavy metals, that can be impairing your health. These supplements may make you sicker instead of healthier.

As usual, your power is not at the voting but rather at the cash register.

 

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by Stephanie Davis

Every day we are presented with opportunities to make conscious decisions, especially with our monetary consumption. When purchasing any products, I often ask myself a series of questions. Where is my money actually going? How do these profits filter through this capitalistic system and what ideas/ethics do they support?...

 

 

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Written and performed by Rob Herring with video production credits by Mercola.com, this creative piece communicates the need to examine the growing genetically modified food (GMO's) market and calls for labeling and awareness for this critical issue...

 

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by David Suzuki, PhD

Most people I talk to today understand that humanity is inflicting harsh damage on the planet’s life support systems of clean air, water, soil, and biodiversity.

But they feel so insignificant among 6.2 billion people that whatever they do to lighten our impact on nature seems trivial. I am often asked, “What can I do?”...

 

Editor's NoteThis article discusses such a society that is drenched in consumer culture and the author correlates the planet's destruction of resources through planned obsolescence brought about by an unsaturated market...

 

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by Melissa Breyer

Do you really need that specialized power tool forever, or just for the day? Should you invest in a full set of camping equipment, even if you’re not sure your family will enjoy it? Isn’t there someone out there who wants to trade those size 8 ice skates for a size 9?...

 

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Sugar was once a prized "spice" available only to royalty and nobility. Then, as more acreage was devoted to sugar cane growth, prices came down and just about anyone could afford it...at least in small amounts. In the late 1960s, fat was blamed for growing incidence of heart attacks and other chronic problems. From then on, sugar began to replace fat in foods in order to make the new low-fat foods palatable. This has resulted in an explosion in the consumption of sugar and sugar substitutes...

 

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Socially Responsible Investing: Empowering An Untapped Resource for Change

by Ann B. Alexander

When you consider the vast amount of money we have invested as individuals, institutions, foundations, non-profits, etc., imagine the effect we could have on how corporations do their business if we weren't "silent investors" but instead used this incredible untapped resource for change in the way things are done. By not using this power, we leave it up to corporations alone to decide what is best for the world. In these economic times, we can clearly see that letting corporations make unbridled decisions is not a great idea...

 

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