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Responsible consumption: the key to reversing the garbage problem

Responsible consumption: the key to reversing the garbage problem

According to an official United Nations statement, one of "the main causes of the continuing deterioration of the world environment are unsustainable consumption and production patterns, particularly in industrialized countries." In this sense, the United Nations calls to review these unsustainable models, resorting to responsible consumption models.

Responsible Consumption refers to the choice of products and services not only based on their quality and price, but also on their environmental and social impact, and on the conduct of the companies that produce them.

This habit of consuming less can be applied to many products and not only to food. Do we really need to have 20 pants or 20 pairs of shoes in the closet? Why am I buying them? Am I fulfilling a need or a mere desire? If we can answer these questions honestly, maybe we will find a good answer to consume less. Another meaning of responsible consumption could be understood as consuming less, choosing to consume only what is necessary, and being attentive to how advertising influences us in the creation of superfluous needs. Consumption is not the same as “consumerism”, therefore it is necessary to review our consumption habits.

Demand business morale

Another concept that is very much in vogue lately is that of corporate social responsibility (CSR), which includes a commitment by companies to achieve improvements in the social and environmental sphere.

Beyond a concept -which can even be beneficial for companies that acquire this seal- the important thing is that concrete actions are really taken, not only in the treatment of waste but also with regard to the morale of the business, that is, trade fairly and do not mislead through advertisements.

"An entrepreneur with social responsibility cannot be offering what he knows to be harmful, so that's where things start, demanding business morality"

The Nobel Peace Prize winner Osvaldo Canziani explained that a fundamental principle to reduce consumerism is to restrict fraudulent propaganda. "To reduce consumption, you have to start there, that the propaganda is honest ... You have to do everything possible to avoid that lies convince people and lead them to error." For this reason, he highlighted the ethics and social responsibility that companies must adopt, playing a very important role when marketing their products.

"An entrepreneur with social responsibility cannot be offering what he knows to be harmful, so that's where things start, demanding business morality," the expert emphasized.

Responsible consumption of food: Food is not thrown away

In traditional Chinese culture, grandparents told their grandchildren that if they wasted food in the next life they would reincarnate as a piglet. Something that seems anecdotal or funny actually created a “no food waste” culture in ancient China. However, today that culture no longer exists and there is no - in general - an awareness of this matter.

An alarming fact to know is that 1,300 million tons of food are wasted annually without being consumed

An alarming fact to know is that 1,300 million tons of food are wasted annually without being consumed, in all countries, for different reasons between 30% and 50% of the food that is produced is lost. In relation to this we would have to ask ourselves: Am I buying more? Am I overcooking? How can I reuse this food? If we at least question this, perhaps we are already on the right track and more aligned with the paradigm of responsible consumption.

According to the chef Martiniano Molina, the concept of responsible consumption encompasses not only the purchase but continues after it and the consumption of the food, “What is going to happen with that waste you generated? It is to consider the entire production chain in which our health and that of the environment are obviously influenced ”, he expressed in a dialogue with the newspaper La Epoch Times.

In summary, responsible consumption is related to being committed to what happens with that food or element that we buy from its conception until it becomes waste, in addition to being interested in whether the producer did it responsibly and in line with the environment, because somehow with the purchase that one makes a choice and "supports" the producer. We also find cases of many products that are imported from the East and that we blindly consume from here without asking ourselves under what conditions they were made and without taking into account that there are many complaints about China for forced labor, so do we know who we buy from? Can this be called responsible consumption?

He who warns not betray

There are events that have been warning us for a long time that human beings are not doing things well: climate change, natural disasters, environmental pollution, lack of oxygen in the oceans, etc. They are no longer just signs, but there are specific scientific studies that indicate that if human beings do not change in a positive sense, the planet will no longer be a good place to live or, worse than that, it will not even be a habitable place.

You have to start with each one and with actions that, although they seem minimal, are very important, such as recycling garbage, consuming responsibly, etc.

That is why we consider it necessary to change the paradigm of consumption and other harmful habits for the planet. You have to start with each one and with actions that, although they seem minimal, are very important, such as recycling garbage, consuming responsibly, saving electricity, taking care of water, etc.

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Video: Waste generation and management- Sustainability. ACCIONA (May 2021).