This is the second time I have written this post. It is difficult writing about discrimination within this industry when I recognize I sometimes am part of the problem. How do I have a right to write about how the eco world can be uninclusive to minorities as a straight, cis-gendered, abled, middle class, white woman. That is a lot of privilege.
Here’s how it started
I read an article on Eco Warrior Princess about eco-ableism, a term I had never heard of before. You should really read the article but to sum it up the author discussed the issue with plastic straws and its effects on the disabled community. It’s a really layered issue because far too often this community has
As an abled person, I have no right dictating who and who should not be allowed to use plastic straws. Because people live lives differently with different challenges, using messaging that
This had me thinking
Ok there is discrimination in sustainability towards
But that just isn’t realistic. The issue is that sustainability has become one unified voice, saying that there is one perfect way about this. And I at times have accidentally joined in on this unification. But I certainly don’t believe an industry that is doing so much good, isn’t willing to change and become more inclusive, we all just need to do our part to talk about the problems and find solutions.
That means things have to change
This little eco-bubble has gotta burst. First thing is first, living consciously does not mean getting it all right all of the time. However you can implement sustainable purchases in your life is one step in the right direction. We should all start shifting our efforts to encourage other fellow consumers to hold THE COMPANIES more accountable. Dollar votes can only get us so far and being an activist demanding change will have a far greater impact.
So what am I going to do about this issue as a blogger
For the past year and a half, I have used this blog to talk about my experiences. My content includes products that I bought, liked and reviewed and I talk about issues in this industry that are on my mind. I have no regrets sharing my experiences such as buying a bathing suit on a sample sale, but my goal is to make each post inclusive for anyone and everyone. My goal is that anyone that reads my post, despite and
The point is…
The sustainable industry is looked at as a pretty and privileged idea. I get why it has gained this reputation, and I think the mission has sometimes been lost in translation. I hope to work hard to make my voice a lot more inclusive. And I hope you, the reader, find this platform to be a space that is loving, supportive, approachable and educational. And I hope to raise the voices of more minorities giving this industry some tough love to look in the mirror and reexamine how we got here.
Here are some resources that always challenge me to be a more conscious consumer by offering multiple experiences and perspectives
- Eco Warrior Princess: is fantastic for offering multiple perspectives to provide for anyone that wants to become more sustainable
- Plant Based on a Budget: I have been trying to go vegan but overwhelmed by how expensive vegan options are in NYC, Toni provides meal plans to feed you on $25 a week as a vegan!
- Hara: an inclusive
undewearline that I love.