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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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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...

 

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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


 

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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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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: This GreenPeace video instructs on the deleterious effects of the vast quantities of toxic chemicals used in the manufacture of clothing. Who knew that 70% of China's waterways (i.e., rivers, lakes, etc.) are polluted? As GreenPeace writes...

 

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by Stuart Reid

Did you ever feel a bit offended by the concept that guidebooks are now being written for "Complete Idiots"? Well, if you are interested in food co-ops, I think it is fair to say that you do not need a guide for idiots. As we look at the recent financial crisis, it seems that the same cannot be said for the traditional investment community...

 

 

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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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by Dr. Tracy Darling, MD & Jean-Pierre Ruiz, JD

In nature, food comes in a rainbow of colors. The many hues of the food denote its healthy properties. But processed foods have been, in general, denatured of all nutrients by the very process required to produce them...

 

Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Colorful foods are appealing to the eye and make us hungry. While nature comes in a rainbow of colors, artificial colors are added to processed foods to make them more appealing. From making our oranges more orange, to coloring our colas, the food industry uses these coloring agents liberally. These toxic agents have been positively linked to a slew of health problems from increased hyperactivity in kids, to damage to the pancreas and liver, and more. Most of these are banned in the world and food companies, including US-based multinationals, have replaced them by natural coloring agents. However, in the US, the Food and Drug Administration, lead by former food industry executives, continues to allow their uses.

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: In this second part of a two part series (see Part 1), we continue to hear from Scott Harrison, CEO and founder of Charity Water, how "almost a billion people live without clean drinking water. We call this the water crisis. It's a crisis because it only starts with water -- but water affects everything in life. Health. Education. Food security. And the lives of women and children, especially."

 

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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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