“One of the weaknesses of our age is the inability to distinguish needs from greeds.”

-Don Robinson

Over-consumption is a term used to describe the consumption habits in countries where consumption is unsustainable. Over- consumption is, as you may already know, more or less our fault. 76.6% of the world’s private consumption is carried out by the richest 20% of the world’s population. This picture that shows how emissions of CO2 are spread over the world should give you an idea about exactly how bad we are:

Does this make your  ache? There are ways to make it better:

Suggestion no 1:

  • Meat consumption takes 10 times the amount of resources to produce as a corresponding amount of vegetables. Therefore; quit eating meat.
  • Did you hear about the British MP who announced that he was going to quit flushing after doing “number one” on the toilet? You can do better: Stop flushing the toilet even after number two; it will save much energy and water.
  • While you’re at it, quit showering.
  • Wear your clothes and shoes until they fall of in rags, and then use the rags to sew new clothes. Individualistic and fashionable.
  • Sell your house and start living in a tent instead. That way you won’t have to consume electricity, sewage and garbage disposal services.

However, if you are like me, you love meat too much to give it up, you like smelling nice, you think the sound of a toilet flushing is like msic to your ears. You can still be a normal person but adjust your consumer habits to become more environmentally friendly with these simple steps:

Suggestion 2

  • Turn showers and tap off when your are not using the water.
  • Turn lights off when you leave a room.
  • Print on both sides of the paper.
  • Read the news online instead of buying papers.
  • Bring your own bags when shopping.
  • Choose green products.
  • Use a bicycle to get to work when the weather permits it, rather than driving a car.
  • Give things to do for gifts, like theatre tickets or offer to help out with something for free instead of silly things like ear-muffs shaped like teddy-bears, grapefruit-scented candles, decorative pillows or books titled “100 light-houses you should see before you die”

Next week I become a green consumer super-hero!


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