Practice Consumer Yoga: Our Health is Interconnected With Everything We Buy

Yoga is the awareness of the interconnectedness of all things, including our health and our consumerism.

My responsibility as a consumer has been weighing heavily on my mind the last few years.  I think being a lifelong recycler lulled me into a false sense of absolution.  I can't put the Pandora back in her box, recycling doesn't undo the process of consuming.

What we consume impacts every living being.

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The toxins we are exposed to aren't limited to what we put in or on our bodies.  There is a chain of unhealthy byproducts linked to everything we buy; created by the production and transportation of raw materials, the manufacturing process, packaging manufacturing process and shipment, the trucks, planes, trains, and ships that deliver the products to the store, the transportation of the products to our homes, the transportation of the trash or recycling away from our homes….

Even if I only bought "green" products there would still be a toxic trail that leads directly back to me, my wants, desires and needs.  My conclusions?

  1. Question what manufacturers are selling you, “green” does not mean free of toxic footprint, is it really something you need or will have less of an impact than what you are using?

  2. Buying Less, will make the biggest difference - not recycling.

  3. Buying Quality, longer life items will make me buy less.

  4. Shop Thrift First.

  5. Buy Greener, with awareness that there is still a toxic footprint to each product.

  6. Less packaging - produce that isn’t bagged.

  7. Carry my travel mug - more home coffee, fewer throw away cups.

  8. Less plastic, more glass.

  9. Take containers with you for dining out leftovers.

The fashion industry is well know for it's toxic practices, and top on my list of things to buy greener.  Now micro-plastics are a concern. Bits of plastic are released into our waterways each time we wash clothes made of synthetic materials, sadly including those made from recycled water bottles.

Greenpeace has been working on reducing toxins in the garment industry. Read about companies committing to change here: http://www.greenpeace.org/archive-international/en/campaigns/detox/fashion/detox-catwalk/

Yoga is a whole life practice, health and wellness are whole life practices.

Practice consumer yoga - shop with the awareness that everything we buy has wide ranging, long term ramifications for our health.