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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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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: California's Proposition 37 requires that genetically modified foods be so labelled. Opponents, particularly Monsanto, claim that GMO foods are "safe" (of course, Monsanto also claimed that Agent Orange was "safe" and we know how well that turned out!). If so, why are they spending tens of millions of dollars trying to defeat Prop 37? If GMO foods are safe, why hide it?

While I always advocate that you vote with your wallet, this is one instance where your vote at the voting booth may make a difference...


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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: This video, made by the BBC, while not directly related to conscious consumerism, reminds us of the beauty and fragility of our planet.


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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Many, if not all, wars are fought over "resources." Most people believe the term "resources" means oil! But water is a resource much more fundamental than oil. While we could live (some would say survive) without oil, no life would exist on this planet without water. Yet, we allow our industries to pollute our water and then sell it back to us "purified." Most, if not all, tap water, has become a pool of chemicals known to be toxic to life such as fluoride (a toxic by-product of the chemical industry) and chlorine.

In Peru an engineering school has found a way to give people free access to water from the sky...literally. This ingenious system is hidden in a giant billboard and produces 26 gallons of clean water a day (the rain water undergoes reverse osmosis) in a city where there is less than 1" of rain a year, but 83% humidity in the air.


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

We have long been told that sugar is both addictive and toxic. Now, a study published on February 2th in the journal...


Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Sugar...hmmmm, so good and yet so toxic. For years we have been told that obesity resulted in diabetes. A new study shows that the culprit is sugar over-consumption. Known for a while to be toxic in high doses (as little as a 12-ounce can of soda), the study accounts for a slew of factors and calls for the FDA to take action. In the meantime, as usual, it is up to us to take personal responsibility and remember that our power is not that voting booth, but at the cash register.


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by Wes Ozier

While Sustainability seeks to reduce humanities environmental impact, modern high technology tends to increase that impact. In general high technology is resource consumptive, pollutive, expensive and requires dependency on an outside agent to properly maintain, repair or upgrade...



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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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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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