Making the switch to ethical shopping can be challenging, but if you can harness even a little bit of your passion for positive change, you will be able to take the first step. Once that’s done you can forge ahead finding your new favourite ethical brands and retailers and start leaving your old fast and dirty life behind you!
No Change Comes Without Challenge and Reward
A switch from your old shopping habits to new ones can be difficult. There are definitely pros and cons to making the switch, but in the long run, the benefits will far outweigh the shortfalls.
Buying products made by workers that are treated with respect in their workplace, being paid fair wages and in a safe environment, has a tenfold benefit. A report called Pulse of the Fashion Industry 2017 by Boston Consulting Group revealed that a simple 5% increase in retail price could double the wages of the workers who made the garment.
Buying Fairtrade has its own unique set of pros. Not only does it promote gender equality by providing stable and regulated employment solutions for women, (70% of the garment industry workforce are women and 70% of the world’s poor are women). It also recognizes the significant impacts that well employed women have on future generations – from education, to nutrition to health care, to breaking cycles of poverty and of course building stronger future workforces. Learn more here.
The Cons (with solutions!):
It’s true that finding ethical gifts can be challenging and time consuming. There’s the con. However, part of the reason for that is branding! We are so conditioned to buy brands based on logos and perceived value and we are so spoilt for choice, that we forget how to shop outside of our normal habits. It will take some time in the beginning to find your new favourite ethical brands but once you know who they are you’ll never look back.
All this detective work may feel a little overwhelming at first, but harness that burst of new year motivation we all get and it won’t take long to get things in motion. Even a small shift can make a difference.
Why not hop over to our friends at Nash+Banks? They have curated an awesome bunch of brands that are ethically made. They are also super protective of the environment, so every gift idea has a sustainability thread through it. You can find anything from home décor, skincare, food, clothing, and much more. You are sure to find something for most people on your buying list. Check them out here.
Consumption is really driven by us, the consumers. We have the power to choose and start making a change. It is the road less travelled, but just like Finders and Makers, you too can stand up for the welfare of people who make what we use or experience. We hope you too can take some action.
Remember, how you look is only half the story.
Until next time
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