Consumerism & Minimalism

It is easy to assume that you have to consume products to contribute to the economy. It is also easy to assume that minimalists do not contribute to the economy because we consume less. This article will clarify some of these misconceptions.

Consumerism & Minimalism are not contrary to each other. Minimalists are simply more deliberate about our consumption. - mnmlgrl

Consumerism & Minimalism: Minimalism and consumerism are not opposites. Minimalists don't buy things as often so our purchases tend to be more deliberate and conscious. When minimalists consume, we do so more thoughtfully.

It can be argued that minimalists spend more because we buy better quality items, irrespective of price, when they are needed. This encourages manufacture of quality items instead of mass production.

Many minimalists also prefer handcrafted items which stimulates the local economy and small businesses which are often overlooked in modern-day capitalism.

The practice of minimalism also discourages the purchase of use-and-throw items which burden the environment and threaten the economies of third-world countries where the 'donated' items usually end up.

Because minimalists deliberate on every purchases, we are also less likely to confuse consumption of a product with increased self-worth. Our self-esteem does not intersect with our stuff (or lack of it).

We are also less likely to spend money that we don't have and therefore less likely to go broke.

Minimalists may not have multiples of a single item or many things littering their homes but we still purchase everything that we require for our lives to function smoothly and have sentimental items or products that bring us joy & make our life comfortable.

Minimalists are more likely to invest in the business behind the product instead of only the product. This happens organically because the companies are more transparent and communicative with the consumer. Minimalists invest through money or by other means such as - consulting for a project, lending a hand during a marketing campaign etc.

It is easy to assume that minimalists do not contribute to the economy, but I hope this article cleared up that misconception! Let me know your thoughts on consumerism & minimalism in the comments section below.

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