7 reasons why it is so hard to be “conscious” about our consumption

Around this time last year, all of us at Ecofolk, started a journey towards being more conscious consumers. And in 1 year, we have realized that it’s extremely hard to change any behavior, but even harder to change behaviors related to our consumption patterns. Here are 7  insights from our journey on why it is so damn difficult to be “conscious” consumers.

1. Advertising provokes the “desire” to consume

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2.The consumption society defines identity strongly based on consumption.

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3.It is difficult for consumers to define their real “needs”

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4.The profit logic for companies is based on excessive consumption.

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5.Emerging countries and new segments of consumers are coming to the market and saying “it is our turn to consume”

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6. Consumers think of individual companies producing products and services and not supply chains.

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7. Consumers don’t think that the consumption of one individual can have a significant impact on society and the environment

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But But But…

Like there is light at the end of every tunnel, there is some good news for Conscious Consumption!  Which is why Team Ecofolk is super-excited about the work that we do 🙂 In our next post we will share 7 ways in which conscious consumption is becoming desirable to people!


Hansika Singh,the writes of this article, is a part of Team Ecofolk. She is passionate about sustainable fashion and is working to create a range of conscious-clothing for women. Feel free to share your thoughts about this article with Hansika and the rest of the team at ecofolkteam@gmail.com.

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