5 Easy Ways To Become A More Socially Conscious Shopper
Being a socially conscious shopper is not something that we think about all too often. When we see an incredibly cheap pair of jeans, we rarely think about the reasons for its low price and focus on more self-centered reasons. Which is quite natural, actually. With the world getting increasingly complicated day by day, our lives running fast, seemingly in circles, we barely have time to focus on our daily duties and worries, not to speak of the world’s enormous problems. We tend to focus on what’s before us, seek the pleasures in small things and try to keep away all the ‘distant’ wars and battles that make us gloomy.
And while most of us are pretty pessimistic when it comes to our role in changing the world, thinking that there’s not much to do, the secret lies in the (seemingly) small things we do. No one can change the world overnight and feed all the hungry people worldwide at once, but we can take small steps in making the world a better place to live in. Becoming a more responsible, a socially conscious shopper, is one of them.
It’s quite simple. Next time when you see a suspiciously cheap pair of jeans, no matter how chic and budget-friendly it is, ask yourself this important question: if you’re not the one paying the full price of the complex manufacturing process, who is? Retailing is not cheap.
A socially conscious shopper CAN change the world
A socially conscious shopper knows that what lies on the other end of that process is not even closely pretty as the newly discovered, cheap pair of jeans. Ever met with the ‘Made in Bangladesh’ label? We all have at some point. The price that you don’t pay is paid by the hard work, often in inhumane working conditions, of men, woman and frequently children – who work up to 16 hours a day, for about 20 cents a day. That’s the simple math behind the low price of the chic, trendy jeans.
The ecologically harmful waste culture is another thing that concerns a socially conscious shopper. The ‘buy and throw’ society that we live in finds it perfectly normal to buy the latest trends for cheap, and then throw and replaces them when something new comes up. Did you know that the fashion industry was the second-biggest polluter in the world, after the oil industry?
How to become a socially conscious shopper
Who would say that the way we shop affects so many interlinking global relations? Well, it does. Instead of waiting for the ‘big leaders’ and politics to change the world, wouldn’t it be nice to start with ourselves…
Becoming a socially conscious shopper is about ethics and not fashion. No matter how tempting the wallet-friendly fashion can be, never fail to remember the story behind it. There are many transparent, fair-trade and eco-friendly companies out there, all you need to do is Google them. Until then, we’re bringing you a few easy tips on how to become a more socially conscious shopper.
Shopping second-hand does not only provide you with a very effective, unique fashion expression (vintage, hello!), but it’s also very affordable. By choosing second-hand clothing, you’re not only rejecting expensive and frequently unjust fast fashion but also very likely contributing to a small charity or business.
A socially conscious shopper also wears clothes made of recycled fabrics – something that many companies produce through a zero-waste policy process. This means that there is a lot to choose from while it’s all made of sustainable, environmentally friendly fabrics. There are even companies that repair the old clothes or buy back the used pieces to recycle them into new fabrics.
By following the fair-trade labels, you can make wiser choices regarding your shopping habits. While supporting terrible conditions in some of the overseas workshops should be avoided, not all the companies manufacturing their clothes overseas are bad. This is also something that can be easily determined by a simple research.
Buying local helps support small businesses and reduce the environmental damages by decreasing the packaging and transportation waste.
By buying less and wearing longer we can come to an end of the ‘waste culture’. Instead of buying bad quality clothes that will fall apart within a short time, why not save up a little and buy the products that will stay in your closet longer?
#1 Buy economically and ecologically friendly products
#2 Buy recycled
#3 Buy second-hand
#4 Buy local
#5 Buy less, wear longer