In general, I don’t promote consumerism, and that doesn’t mean that I’m not tempted in it sometimes, or that I never give in. I give in more than I like – especially as my partner and I recently moved into a new place, and sometimes decorating doesn’t seem like consumption.
The thing is not participating in consumerism is the ideal, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t an ethical way to go about buying new things if that’s what you choose. You can choose to buy products that are produced responsibly and ethically.
What does this mean?
- Choose products that are certified fair labor/fair trade – meaning that the people who are making the items you purchase are paid a living wage and work in a safe and healthy environment, and that the products meet rigorous environmental standards.
- Go to the B Corporation website, to find companies that are certified by the non-profit B Lab as having met social sustainability and environmental performance standards.
- Look for a Green America seal of approval.
- If you’re buying organic, make sure it is OTA ceritifed.
- Purchase your produce, meat, & nuts from a local farmers market or join a CSA.
And though these products may cost a few extra dollars – remember why they cost a bit more. Most companies that produce ethically usually produce quality items that are made with better materials that will last longer, the products most likely have a smaller impact on our environment, they are most likely better for your and your family’s health, and you are supporting a company that pays it’s employees a livable wage and offers them a safe working environment. These are all things, to me, that are worth a few extra dollars.
Plus, I’ve noticed the more I think about my consumerism, the less I am to consume, therefore saving more money.
Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: mollie(at)ecobags(dot)com