“We are what we consume”

Indeed, consumption behaviour of us individuals has far reaching effects on the health of the planet. Mass meat production, for example, has a huge carbon footprint and affects the ecological balance. Currently we consume more than what the Earth has capacity for.

Goal 12 promotes the right to a healthy life through adapting our consumption and production systems in way that is in harmony with our ecosystems. Focusing on how different parts of a supply chain can be made economically and environmentally optimum and creating local circular economies is the future we need to reach to achieve this goal.

Most related SDGs

· SDG 8 · SDG 11

Facts and Figures

· Around 10% of the world's total electricity consumption is being used by the internet.

· 1.3 billion tons of food get wasted every year. This could feed more than 1 billion people in a year!

· The per capita material footprint of developing countries increased from 5 metric tons in 2000 to 9 metric tons in 2017

This results from gaps in technology and production processes. Despite this, high-income countries like Sweden, Finland and Denmark obtain their lowest scores on SDG 12 (UN, 2018)

Best Performing countries in SDG12: Responsible Consumption and Production

No country is yet on track to achieve SDG12

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· Check the labels of clothes you buy. Refrain buying animal-based products or cosmetics that test on animals. Be aware of where your clothes are coming from and under which conditions they are being produced.

· Make Reduce, Reuse and Recycle the Mantra of your life. Buy second-hand whenever possible and check for Fair-trade options!

Book Recommendation

Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children Infantilize Adults and Swallow Citizens whole by Benjamin R Barber

Shows the perils of a free market that targets children to be the ultimate consumers and make them addicted buyers, through the rise of online shopping and increased emphasis on manufacturing of their ‘needs.’