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Consumer Impact

It is easy to be detached from the impact of foods and products we don't produce ourselves. We must reconnect with who and what is harmed by unconscious consumer actions to find solutions that do less harm. 

Who our actions impact

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Planet

Consumer choices can contribute to emissions, resource depletion, and waste production.

People

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We may consume products that rely on the exploitation of marginalized people and communities.

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Animals

Food, clothing, and cosmetic consumption choices may perpetuate animal suffering and unnecessary killing.

The power of the "dollar vote"

Each dollar vote we cast for a product reinforces the practices used to create that product. We can use our dollar to support industries, companies, and products that do the least harm.

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Activities to examine personal impact

THE STORY OF STUFF
A 20-minute fact-filled video looking at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.

TRUE PRICE
A one-hour activity to examine the true cost of a particular consumer good.

BUY, USE, TOSS
A two-week unit that provides multiple entry points to help students think critically about consumption.