Frequently Asked Questions
An EcoConsumer is defined in the Microsoft Encarta dictionary as "an environmentally aware consumer; a consumer who is mindful of the ecological impact of what he or she buys." An EcoConsumer balances consuming and conserving.
Being an EcoConsumer isn’t about being "politically correct" or even "environmentally correct." It's about spending your money and time wisely, while keeping in mind your impact on the environment. The best way to become an EcoConsumer is to carefully consider purchasing choices. The environmental impact of a product should not be the only factor in a purchase, but it should at least be considered.
Meeting present needs without jeopardizing future resources.
Product stewardship, also known as extended producer responsibility, means that product manufacturers, distributors and retailers take responsibility for reducing the environmental impacts of products during their entire lifecycle.
Zero waste of resources is a visionary goal that aims for 100 percent efficiency in the use of energy, materials and resources. It may not be completely achievable right now, but that's not the point. Most zero waste proponents don't agonize about whether absolute "zero waste" is really possible. Rather, they say that trying to eliminate the concept of waste is what's really important.
It's a tough call, but the nod goes to the Center for a New American Dream (external link) Web site. This site is chock full of resources to "help Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice." For additional resources, see our EcoConsumer Links page.
Updated: Apr. 11, 2013