- Before buying something, think if it is really necessary. - Always buy reusable packaging products. - Buy concentrated cleaning products that can be diluted in water, preferably biodegradable ones. - Bring your own bag to the fair, market or bakery. If you use a plastic bag, put as many products as you can into it. - Avoid buying and consuming disposable products like cups and straws. - Adopt a mug so as not to use disposable glasses. - Try to buy rechargeable batteries; return them to the manufacturer after using them, because he is responsible for the final destination of these materials. - Buy refillable products. - Avoid buying packed fruits and vegetables. - Choose consuming natural juices and teas instead of soft drinks. This recommendation is even more important for children. - If you have a backyard at home, recycle your organic garbage and make a vegetable garden with the compost produced. - Pay attention to the TV shows that you watch. Which of these programs contribute to your life improvement? - Substitute the TV for a good book or good conversation. - Pay attention whenever consuming water and energy. Avoid waste. A large amount of natural resources are used in order to have these assets in your house. - Walk, ride a bike or use public transportation whenever you can. - Be an active and critical consumer, questioning manufacturers whenever a doubt concerning the product or the packaging exists.
Source: De Olho na Vida – Reflexões para um consumo ético - Guilherme Blauth and Patricia Abuhab.