Just recently a group of people in Exeter, Devon have formed a 'Sustainable Consumerism group'. The group has grown out of Transition Exeter but could just as easily function alone.
The purpose of the group is to learn together to spend less, reduce their carbon footprint, share skills and live more sustainably whilst valuing and enjoying life. It is very important to the group that it is fun and rewarding. The group is also keen to support and help other people and encourage other groups to spring up.
The group meets in a house about every 3-4 weeks.
It's really simple - ideas have already been shared and successfully implemented. It's exciting and a means of taking control of the problems. Its amazing what simple, but brilliant ideas people have.
Being in debt or on a low income can feel like a lonely experience. Whilst we are constantly bombarded with advertising and marketing telling us how we can be more gorgeous, desirable, comfortable, trendy, 'discerning' etc if only we buy a particular product, can leave a feeling that the only choice is to be excluded or make another addition to the growing credit card debt.
Advertising is clever and can reach us even when we are determined to resist, and the shops products tempt us with offers whenever we venture to the town.
Joining a group like this can be a fabulous learning experience, life affirming and exciting. If you are struggling to pay the bills, you are not alone - there are millions of people in the same situation.
You can share in the groups progress by looking at their website. Do get in touch to join in, create your own group or offer your tips and ideas.
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