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How Consumers Can Support Climate-Friendly Businesses
April 24, 2023

A boy and girl hold a recycling bin with empty bottles.Level 1: Things you can do from inside your home

  • Engage in initiatives and support local businesses that don’t harm people or the planet. (1)
    • Are you looking for ways to take community action? YouthXChange has some ideas.
  • Share, don’t just like. If you see an interesting social media post about a climate-friendly business or product, share it so your network can also see and support it.

Level 2: Things you can do outside your home

  • Shop local. Supporting neighborhood businesses keeps people employed and builds the local economy.
  • Bring your own bag when you shop. Pass on the plastic bag and start carrying reusable bags.
  • Participate in ethical shopping. When possible, try to buy sustainable, fair trade, cruelty-free, organic, recycled, reused or locally produced items in order to directly support innovative and environmentally friendly companies. (2)A shirt being cut and reused.

Level 3: Things you can do at work

  • Stay informed. Read about climate-friendly businesses and practices in your community. Talk to your colleagues and brainstorm solutions to support these businesses. (1)
  • Examine and change everyday actions. Can you recycle at your workplace? Is your company buying from merchants engaging in harmful ecological practices?
  • Encourage your company to work with civil society organizations and find ways to help local communities and businesses achieve climate-friendly goals.Colleagues sit at a table and collaborate on a project.
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(1) United Nations. (n.d.). The Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World – United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. United Nations. Retrieved April 13, 2023, from https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/takeaction/ 

(2) Cade, A., & Bowden, R. (2011). Chapter 11: Shopping for Stuff. In Climate change and lifestyles: Youthxchange guidebook series (pp. 42–45). essay, UNESCO. From https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000212876