A Guide To Buying Sustainable And Ethical Products

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A Guide On How To Buy Sustainable And Ethical Products

The world is drowning in consumerism and we are killing our planet as a result. We live in a world of convenience where everything is super easy to replace, as a result we have become mindless shoppers - not knowing where our products come from.

The truth is that many products come to the consumer at a far greater cost than the price tag. Resources are drained from the planet to make the product, carbon emissions are released in the manufacturing and transporting and often unethical trade prices are set up for the workers making the product.

In a world that is flooding in consumerism, green washing and savvy marketing campaigns, how does one truly know if a product is truly ethical and sustainable. Here is my guide on how to buy more ethical and sustainable products that are good for the planet, your health and the livelihood of others.

1. Educate Yourself
Before buying a product jump on the companies website and do some consumer research about the product. Visit the companies website and look for their trade practices. Bottom line is, that if a company is not completely transparent about their trade practices then they have something to hide.

2. Look For Fair Trade Products
Let’s support our farmers and small communities by ensuring that they get a fair deal on their products. In order to raise company profits many big companies are sourcing cheaper and cheaper products – someone has to get undercut in the process and usually it is the guy right at the bottom of the ladder – the farmer or factory worker. Do your part to look after the little guy by ensuring your products have the Fairtrade logo.

3. Buy Organic And Natural When You Can
Not only do chemicals wreak havoc with your health they also destroy our environment. Chemicals used in farming seep into the soil and leech into oceans, rivers and also destroy natural habitat. Then chemicals used to produce many products have health risks when used and do harm to the planet when they are washed down our sinks or disposed of in landfill. Be careful not to get green washed, just because a company portrays itself as natural with its fancy words and earthy packaging – don’t take it at face value – do your research in really understanding what is in the products and where the ingredients that make up that product originated from.

4. Invest in Cruelty Free Products
Sadly many of our animal friends are still having inhumane tests performed on them when it is not even necessary. Scientists have developed more savvy, affordable and accurate tests by using human cells to grow human skin and retinas. More and more companies are avoiding animal testing however there is still plenty that still test on animals. Educate yourself on which companies test on animal and which companies don’t by visiting the PETA site – they are a haven of wealth when it comes to information about animal cruelty.

5. Join The Recycle And Reuse Movement
Put a stop to landfill, habitat destruction and carbon emissions by buying second hand items or turning junk into something you can reuse. Shop for second hand items on eBay, your local thrift store, garage sales and markets – since these things have already been made you are doing your bit to the planet by extending the products lifespan. Get thrifty and creative by finding ways to reuse something that many would consider junk – you can do some great things with old shipping palettes, tin cans, old clothes and more.

6. Believe In The Power Of The Consumer
As consumers we have much more power than we give ourselves credit for. By choosing to not buy a certain product because it does not meet the ethical and sustainable criteria you have the power to change the conduct and actions of companies. If enough people stop buying unethical and unsustainable products then companies will re-evaluate their manufacturing process. Empower yourself as a consumer and have a say in how the products you buy are made, and how the company that makes them conducts its business.

It is a myth to insist that rejecting consumerism also means rejecting our basic needs, our technology, or our quality of life. How much is enough? In the end we all want a society where the environment is respected, where human rights are properly protected and animals are no longer cruelly exploited.

But in the meantime, I offer you this, the world is waking up to the negative effect consumerism has on our planet and the good news is that there’s a lot of companies doing a good job, and we should support them. So please, buy ethical, natural and Fairtrade when possible.

Extra Resources
  • Check out my sustainable and eco beauty product collection giving suggestions on sustainable and eco beauty products available on Ebay
  • Visit my ebay store Sacred Space for ethical shopping and products
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