How To: Be A Mindful Consumer

By: Jessica Stewart

In a world driven by consumerism, it’s easy to fall into the trap of mindless and unsustainable shopping. However, a rising trend in recent years has been the shift towards mindful consumerism. In this article, we’ll explore how you can become a mindful consumer and make a positive impact through your shopping experiences on Wescover and beyond.

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What does "mindful consumer" mean?

A mindful consumer is an individual who approaches their purchasing decisions with awareness, intentionality, and consideration for the broader impact of their choices. Mindful consumers prioritize quality over quantity, support local businesses and artisans, consider the materials and sustainability practices behind products, and actively seek to minimize their environmental footprint. They engage in conscious consumption by making informed decisions that align with their values and contribute to the well-being of individuals, communities, and the planet. Mindful consumers understand that their purchasing power has the potential to drive positive change and actively seek out products and services that reflect their ethical and sustainable ideals.

In short, being a mindful consumer means making conscious choices that align with your values, focusing on quality, supporting local businesses, considering materials, and even commissioning creators.

Tips on how to be a more mindful consumer:

1. Prioritize Quality

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the allure of inexpensive and disposable products. According to the EPA, Americans throw away 12,000,000 tons of furniture each year, sending 9,000,000 tons to landfills due to a lack of recyclability. With the cycle of trends moving faster and faster each year, consumers are pushing retailers to not only release more products but to get them delivered as quickly as possible. This leads to cheap, poorly made items, only meant to last a few years.

However, a mindful consumer values quality over quantity. Wescover takes the take the time to research the products and examine their craftsmanship. Investing in well-made, durable items not only enhances your own experience but also reduces waste and supports sustainable practices.

2. Shop Local

One of the pillars of mindful consumerism is supporting local businesses. When you shop on Wescover, you’ll discover a treasure trove of unique items created by local artisans and designers. By purchasing from local creators, you contribute to the growth and vitality of your community. Plus, engaging with local artists and makers adds a personal touch to your shopping experience and allows you to connect with the stories behind the products you bring into your life.

Wescover Tip: When browsing on Wescover, use the “Impact” filter to select “Locally sourced”. You can also filter by a Creator’s studio “Location”.

3. Prioritize Materials

Mindful consumers pay attention to the materials used in the products they purchase. Wescover provides a platform for creators who value sustainability and eco-consciousness. Look for items made from recycled or repurposed materials, organic or natural fabrics, or products that have been produced with minimal environmental impact. By choosing such items, you contribute to the reduction of waste and the preservation of our planet.

Wescover Tip: When browsing on Wescover, use the “Impact” filter to select “Sustainable” and “Natural materials”

4. Commission a Creator

Taking your mindful consumption a step further, consider commissioning a creator on Wescover. Commissioning allows you to have a direct dialogue with the artist or designer, enabling you to personalize a piece to suit your unique preferences or space. Collaborating with a creator not only supports their work but also fosters a deeper appreciation for the craftsmanship and creativity that goes into each piece. 

Learn more about how to Commission a Creator on Wescover in this article.

Summary of How To Be a Mindful Consumer

As a consumer, your choices have the power to shape the world around you. By adopting mindful consumer habits when shopping on Wescover, you can make a positive impact. Prioritize quality over quantity, support local businesses, consider sustainable materials, and even commission a creator to create a truly personalized piece. Embrace the power of conscious consumption and let your purchases reflect your values. 

Happy mindful shopping on Wescover!

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