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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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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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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Are weeds part of our future? Are we and our farmers on the wrong path when we attempt to eradicate weeds? They are nutrient and flavor dense. They are offered to us from the bounty of the soil. Learn how Mother Earth has provided us with flavor with out chemicals.

 

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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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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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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Tiny media watchers become consumers. The younger they are, the more relentless they might be to get what they have been told by the media they must have. The media landscape has "evolved" very rapidly over the last two decades, and the speed of its "evolution" is accelerating. Now, children under are twice as likely to watch TV or videos rather than read. Not surprising given that 42% of children have TVs in their bedroom and 70% of daycare centers use a TV during the day. Cognitive and critical thinking skills are being affected. Will your child grow to be a consumer, or a conscious consumer? Few TV or videos teach us to be conscious consumers.

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: The food industry's job is to make a profit. It is not to care for you or your health. It is the executives of the food producers to make money...the more the better for them (i.e., their financial compensation)and their shareholders. The less they sell, the less money they make. The food industry knows which buttons to push to make you eat more of their food...whether it's healthy or not is irrelevant. In fact, because of the way our bodies are, the more unhealthy the food is, the more you will eat and the more money they will make. Meanwhile, neither the FCC, the FDA or the USDA are in the "business" of protecting you. Despite the presence of some ethical individuals, it is our job to protect ourselves...not theirs.

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Children from Cateura (Paraguay) living atop a ongoing commercial landfill, teach us about recycling while tugging our heart strings (pun intended).

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: The debate on Obamacare has not abated since it being enacted. The debate will probably get even more adversarial as the parties use it in the debate to raise the debt ceiling. Forgotten among the "noise" of the participants is why are healthcare costs so high? Moreover, why are we getting so little for so much? We die earlier (both men and women); we have greater infant mortality; are more obese; have higher rate of diabetes and a myriad of other ills than most other developed countries that spend a lot less per capita than we do. What's going on? Out of control jury verdicts? Not really. Some states have enacted tort reform limiting jury awards. It's effect on health care costs...0.01% (not a typo).

This video does a good job of asking the right questions, giving some answers and referring to unbiased studies.

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: The Federal Food and Drug Administration says eggs from hens that are allowed outdoors are not safe!  With the FDA's decision to ban raw milk, it is truly a wonder that our farming ancestors survived at all. The USDA National Organic Program mandates that the term "organic", as applied to chickens, means that hens must have access to the outdoors. However, 80% of our "organic" eggs are produced by mega-farms where the mandate is blatantly ignored. In fact, these mega-"farmers" claim that their hens don't want to go outdoors

 

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by Wes Ozier

If you’ve lived in Arizona for a while, you may have heard of the Arcosanti project but don’t really know what it is. If you have been interested in and studying ecodesign and intentional community for a while, you may have heard of the Arcosanti Project but don't know what it is. Some people think the Arcosanti Project is an artist colony, some think it is a commune, some think it is a bell factory and some think it is a city hidden in the desert...

 

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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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