Change One Purchase
Shopping ethically can be difficult. Believe me, I know very well! But even a small change in your shopping habits can make a world of difference. This year, resolve to switch just one item you regularly purchase to an ethical source you trust. Here is the difference that one change can make:
Change the world of the person who made your product. Provide meaningful, elevating employment to someone who otherwise might suffer the hopelessness of poverty, hazardous work conditions, disabilities, refugee camps or even human trafficking.
Support businesses which are doing things differently and changing lives for the better. Encourage them to continue the good work they are doing.
Send a wake up call to the companies behind the brand(s) you used to buy. Too many businesses knowingly or unknowingly offer products cheap by profiting from exploitation invisible at the far end of the supply chain. By changing shopping trends or even writing to your favorite brand to tell them why you switched, you give them a reason to consider a change.
Changing a shopping habit will change your own life as well. You will find yourself shopping more mindfully instead of buying something just because it is there and it is cheap. And the ethically-made product you do purchase often becomes a treasured possession, especially when you read the story of the person who created that item. You will become part of their story and they will become part of yours!