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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!

Introducing Conscious Consumerism
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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"In civilization there is a limit that cannot be overstepped. When prosperity and luxury come to a people, they are followed by excessive consumption and extravagance, with which the human soul itself is undermined, both in its worldly well-being and in its spiritual life."

~Ibn Khaldun, great Arab historian




Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: On February 26, Bono spoke at TED to show the progress in the fight against extreme poverty...and what we need to do next. Bono shared the new facts about fighting global poverty...


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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: An Amazonian Indian Chief comes to New York City to help his people. "People may think richness is about money, but for us in the rainforest being rich is something else. We are rich in biodiversity, in culture and in spirituality."


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As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence. Pioneering online organizer Eli Pariser (MoveOn.org) is the author of "The Filter Bubble," about how personalized search might be narrowing our worldview.


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by LeAnn Fox & Jean-Pierre Ruiz

ATH Co-Editor of Conscious Consumerism

Palm oil is used on a wide variety of products, including foods. One of these companies is Kellogg's, maker of a wide variety of food products and best known for its cereals. While Kellogg's touts its environmentally-friendly practices, its actual practices are far from being so...


Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: The extensive use of palm oil is proving to be devastating to the environment, including many animal species now nearing extinctions. This article provides background information and a link to take action.


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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Buying local has become either a cliche or a buzzword. Either way, it makes sense. This infographic shows the positive financial returns that our dollars can have on our community when we buy locally. This in addition to helping Mother Earth by reducing fuel emissions from transporting goods (most of the foods available in the US year-round is imported, often from far away places - can someone say lamb chops from Australia, or Fiji water?). In fact, 11 billion (yes, with a "B") of fuel is used every year to import products into the US, releasing 1 billion (again with a "B") metric tons of CO2.


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by Stephanie Davis

The holidays are upon and a new year is presenting itself to us all, bringing with it the opportunity to start a new practice. This practice involves being conscious in everything we do. More specifically, how and where we spend our money...


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by Derrick Jensen

Nearly everyone in the country (if not the world) is familiar with Joe Camel, the cartoon camel used by R J Reynolds for ten years to sell cigarettes - especially to children, critics said. In response, Lasn's Media Foundation gave us Joe Chemo, a bald camel lying in a hospital bed with ivs in both arms...

Editor's Note: Derrick Jensen is an esteemed author and activist with a primary focus on how our civilization is ruining the planet through numerous avenues which must be addressed. No matter how ugly those issues look, they need to be put to a halt...



by Greg Ramsey
It will take a long time for the US to embrace pedestrians, bicycling, and electric carts as substitutes for cars in our communities. And yet an inevitable change is coming that will significantly increase environmental quality, and restore real community and economic viability. Changing legislation, master planning, and the development of car-reduced and car-free communities will move us forward...


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"Almost anything bad for the economy is good for the environment. Economists link our future to 'economic growth.' Environmentalists link our future to diminished growth."

~ Dr. Jim Duke, American botanist



by Alicia Graef
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com

When we see “cruelty-free,” “not tested on animals” or a bunny picture on a product label it seems safe to assume that the products in question were actually made without harming animals and may actually be the reason consumers choose these products...


Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: FULL DISCLOSURE: I am the owner of EcoStar Health, which sells a line a hand-made premium body care products manufactured by Dr. Tracy Darling. To my knowledge, no animal testing has been performed on the products, nor on the raw ingredients used to manufacture the products.

While completely unnecessary (do we really need to pour Draino down a rabbit's eyes to determine that it is caustic?), animal testing still goes on. Why?...


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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: It is indisputable that a majority of women have issues with their body image. The media displays women who, for the most part, fit the description of anorexia. Women now see "00" sizes (how can someone be less than "0" in size? For that matter, how can someone be a "0" size? Wouldn't that mean that they would be invisible if they turned sideways to you?


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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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