On my journey to a mindful way of living, I have confronted myself and became more conscious about the impact I have in the world as consumer. A few days ago I uncovered what Ethical Fashion is here on the blog. Thank you for the amazing response! Since then, I have started thinking about what I can do. What do I have to do to start shopping more ethically? How can I buy things and still stick to my values and beliefs?
The first thing that comes to my mind is charity shops. Buying second-hand is a great way to buy what you need without contributing to any environmental damage and use of resources. I love charity shops! You can find the most interesting and fascinating things. You might also not find anything you like. It is always fun to hunt for something though and you might find an amazing pre-loved item that will be more unique than what is currently on the high street shops.
It is also great for your wallet as things tend to be cheaper and sometimes you can even ask for a small discount or a deal. These are my favourite charity shop finds, they were both £3 at a local charity shop.
You can buy second-hand items on eBay, Etsy, Depop and loads of other apps just like a regular online shop. A great thing about using these platforms is that you can search exactly what you need instead of having to look through a bunch of other things keeping you from buying things you don’t actually need. Another great way to save some money and reduce impulsive purchases.
If you have something you don’t wear ask your friends if they want it or would like to swap it for another item you might need. There are also platforms, such as Depop, where people swap items. For example, if you have a pair of jeans you don’t wear you can swap it for the backpack you need if agree with the seller. That way you don’t even need to spend money, you de-clutter your space and acquire something you need.
I think it is amazing to support small businesses! This can either be a one person handmade products, a local brand or a small business over seas. Just make sure they are an ethical businesses that don’t use animal products and respect the environment and the rights of their workers. By buying from small businesses you know where you are putting your money into and if it is something you want to support or not. Also, the fact you are supporting someone’s small business it is a lot more meaningful for you and them as you are supporting their dreams and creations rather than giving your money to a massive company who only cares about profit discarding their impact in the environment.
A great place to find small businesses is, of course, Etsy. Etsy has beautiful shops for all price ranges. Depop also has great independent shops. These are really good platforms to find unique items and support people and businesses who are mindful with their products and want to promote ethical consumption.
Going to fair trade shops or buying fair trade products is another great option. Fair trade products support fair trade between workers and farmers, it promotes good working conditions for the employees and it also means the products are prices appropriately to their value and cost of making.
I will make a whole blog post about Fair Trade. Keep in mind that Fair Trade doesn’t mean the items are vegan therefore just make sure the items you are buying are not cause any harm to the animals and the environment.
Do Your Research
It is actually quite easy to be more a more conscious consumer and buy ethically if you do some research. For the past few days I found out that some of high street brands actually support good causes, and even though I would rather only support smaller businesses and individuals, this might be a good place to start and it makes things “easier” as I can still go out shopping like I normally would.
There is loads of information online so just do a quick research if you want to find lovely brands. I found this website really useful. I didn’t know pretty much any of the brands but I feel in love with them!
I hope you found today’s post useful. If you have more ideas on how to shop ethically please share it in the comments. Thank you for reading and joining me in my journey to becoming a more ethical consumer. Lots of love,