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13 Thought-Provoking Questions to Ask Yourself To Avoid Overconsumption

In a world driven by constant advertisements and a culture of excess, it's essential to pause and reflect on our consumption habits. Overconsumption not only affects our personal well-being and home but also has far-reaching consequences on the environment.

  • We are buying 60% more than we were 15 years ago.

  • A garment is worn an average of 7 times before it is discarded.

  • It takes 500+ for polyester fabric to decompose.

I have spent the last 8 years working on my own consumer mindset to undo what 23 years of constant advertising and societal pressure has told me I NEED or MUST buy. I have built up a vast list of questions to ask myself before I make a purchase to ensure I really need something and I will be using it for a long period of time. Initially the decision making process took a while as I had to ask myself a lot of questions but with time and practise I can now do this within seconds and I rarely regret a purchase or discard it to the back of a cupboard to collect dust.

Ask Yourself:

  1. Do I Need This, or Do I Want This?

  2. What Purpose Does This Serve in My Life?

  3. Am I Buying to Fill an Emotional Void?

  4. Can I Borrow or Share Instead of Owning? (Try before you buy)

  5. How Often Will I Use This?

  6. What Impact Does This Purchase Have on the Environment?

  7. Am I Falling Victim to Consumer Trends?

  8. Can I Repurpose or Upcycle Something I Already Own?

  9. Do I Have a Similar Item Already?

  10. What Is the Longevity of This Product?

  11. Am I Making Impulse Purchases?

  12. Can I Afford This Without Financial Strain?

  13. Am I Going To Clean & Maintain This Item?

By incorporating these questions into your decision-making process, you can cultivate a more mindful and intentional approach to consumption. Remember, each small choice contributes to a more sustainable and fulfilling lifestyle, benefitting both you and the world around you. Let's make conscious decisions that align with our values and lead to a more meaningful existence.

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