Here is a list of my consumer sins:
I love SALE
I buy clothes without trying them on and end up never using them again
I buy shoes that I can’t wear just because they look nice
I love tuna
I love meat, baby animals are especially tasty
I use disposable cups just to avoid washing the dishes
I buy bad gifts
Do I feel guilty about these? Yes, sometimes. Especially in sustainability classes. Am I still gonna continue doing these things? Yes.
Guilt is a fascinating feeling. It can make us want to change our behavior but only for a little while. When I think of carbon footprint tests that I’ve made, I’ve always ended up feeling really guilty and ashamed of my actions. And then what.?
I don’t believe that guilt is a bad thing. On the contrary. We just need to tackle the feeling of guilt in a right way. There needs to be more doors open for taking action right on the spot when the feeling of guilt is created. I like the idea on this website:
Sorry guys, it’s in finnish.. But the whole website is promotion for this movie “Tavarataivas” – the heaven of goods. For those who haven’t run into it yet, it’s a documentary about a guy who decides to pack ALL his stuff away for a whole year and he is only allowed to take one item a day for use from his storage, buying stuff is not allowed. The website has a generator to design your own “human experiment” with your own rules. The best thing is that the rules that the generator suggests are actually doable and have some explanations and reasoning to them also. There’s also so many options that I’m sure everyone can find some rules that fit their lifestyle.