How to define responsible consumption concretely?

Responsible consumption is a broad concept that has not only an environmental dimension but also an economic, social and health dimensions. In reality, the trendy side of responsible consumption is variable since it depends on the sensitivity of consumers. Some responsible consumers will focus on the ecological side of their consumption, trying to choose seasonal, organic and ecological products. Others will focus on the impact that their choices will have on the economy by choosing locally produced products. There are also the ones who’ll choose their products according to what’s best for their health.
If a definition of responsible consumption was to be given, it would be a consumption that meets at least one or more of the following criteria:

Consumption of green products that have a low impact on the environment:

Products from certified sectors respecting the environment or biodiversity;

Commodities with a low carbon footprint;

Organic products;

Goods that preserve the quality of soil, water and air and generally prevent pollution, deforestation and the depletion of natural resources. Consumption of products according to their respect for social norms and their impact on societies:

Goods made in good working conditions, without forced child labor and that respect working hours and international conventions;

Products manufactured in compliance with ethical standards (especially corruption);

Goods made in cooperation with local communities, respecting their lifestyles and business profit (such as fair trade).

Consumption of “healthier” products, respecting health standards:

Products without phthalates, bisphenol, and other toxic and dangerous products;

Commodities without pesticides or other chemical inputs;

Goods manufactured in accordance with hygiene standards;

Food products with healthy nutritional composition.

Consumption of products with a positive economic impact:

Locally made products;

Productions that encourage the economic autonomy of their producers (as opposed to reliance on commercial or industrial systems such as supermarkets);

Goods that create more jobs as well as economic and social integration for workers;

Products that promote employees’ work-life quality.

The consumption of products manufactured under conditions respecting certain ethical or moral principles:

Respect for animal welfare;

Respect for fairness and individual freedoms;

Any other principle contributing to the development of the general interest.

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Mariya Zelenskyy – Media and Outreach Coordinator