Consumer’s Reader: Sustainable Consumption

Did you know that if we used our electronic devices one year more, we would reduce carbon emissions by 4 million tons a year, which is equivalent to the pollution of 2 million cars from the roads.

In the section "Consumer’s Reader" we offer you several educational videos dedicated to informed consumer choice. This time the material is for Sustainable Consumption.

Every day we make choices in our lives that affect the environment. The video aims to empower consumers to become better informed and and to consume sustainably.

Tip and tricks on how to consume sustainably:

  • Think twice before shopping, and consider shopping second-hand. Do not buy a new smart phone when your current one is still functioning.
  • Make sure your purchases have environmental benefits. For example, check if they have the EU Ecolabel.
  • Check sustainability labels in general. Knowing how to read them or what they mean protects you from incorrect claims on the product packs.
  • Cycle, walk or take public transport instead of going by car or plane. 2021 is the European Year of Rail!
  • Ensure less waste. When you throw away food, you are wasting natural resources and money. Consider repairing a broken product instead of buying a new one.


Educational video on Sustainable Consumption produced on behalf of the European Commission (Directorate General for Justice and Consumers).

Click on the image to start the video. Watching time: 1:02 min. English subtitles available. If you wish to see the video with English audio follow the link.

Consume Sustainably.

Your future. Your choice.


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Published on 24.11.2021 Back to news