Sustainability

Friendly reminder- you can change the world through the things you buy

January 29, 2018

Ok. My thoughts are jumbling. I wanted to ditch my scheduled post and just share my thoughts after leaving my ethics class this morning on being a conscious consumer.

We were discussing the ethical problems that stem from refugees. I was going to go into a conversation about this, but I didn’t want to get too political because I did not have any facts and I didn’t feel it would be right for me to formulate an opinion to share with you all without some known facts and sources. But I wanted to share one statement that stuck with me.

To find a solution and not just to create a band-aid.

Without going too much into the political discussions that have arisen from this, I will just leave you with some food for thought.

 

If you believe that we should help refugees, and if you think we should help people in impoverished third world countries- I urge you to do more than just vote, or just to send your money to a charity in the hope they will use your money to fund critical work. (although these things are valid and essential)

I know I sound like a broken record but have you ever considered how the items you purchase affect this? We all struggle with consumerism because this was part of a society many of us were born into.

Let me be clear- I am still a part of this problem. I buy things that are not made ethically from skincare products to cheap rainboots. But I am trying to practice what I preach. 

I don’t know where I wanted to go with this, but after that class, I didn’t feel as though it would be authentic for me to post a random post that didn’t relate to my current ethical conflict in my brain.

We live in a consumer society, and it’s tough to ignore those urges to buy things because they are pretty or trendy or inexpensive. But I urge you to be more conscientious of your actions, and the ripple effects they create. When you buy fair trade/ ethically/ sustainably you are directly helping the economy in the country it was made in. Specifically in developing countries. That money is going towards the wages of those that need it.

For example, those wages can be put toward getting their child an education. So if you donate to charities that fund education in third world countries- why not continue that and spend a little more on products that are made by workers that are treated fairly that can receive those kinds of human rights from the work they are doing.

And when things are made with the environment in mind we are making an effort to aid in ending the destruction of the environment that is affecting so many third world countries agriculture that is such a big part of their economy.

SO

I guess what I am trying to say is once again, the things you buy genuinely affect the world. I just wanted to post this because when I was first learning about sustainability, I realized how often I closed myself off from realities of how much my spending affects the world that surrounds me. Especially in the political turmoil the US is stuck in right now, I felt that my voice is pointless and the things I believe in would not come to fruition for at least three more years. But through the encouragement of fabulous bloggers sharing their story I discovered this is what I had control over- what I buy. “Dollar votes” are a real thing, people. Put your money where your mouth is. If you are struggling with sustainability and your morals, I wrote this post for you. Because the reality is this is all still new to me, and I’m not doing it all right, but I am trying to educate myself and think about ways I can create change in the world. I hope you find ways to make your voice heard that align with your morals.

Sending you positive vibes on your ethical journey,

Sam

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