As consumers, there are things we need and things we don’t need. There are things that some of us have the privilege of having the option to enjoy and we should be mindful of these things. Now, more than ever, we need to be mindful and actively aware of what it is we are purchasing. We need to know how the things we use are made, where, what it’s made of, if it’s environment and animal friendly, at what cost morally and ethically it is being made, and if it is, in fact, being made morally and ethically.
All each of us has to have is what we need, no more, no less. Of course there are exceptions and it’s always cool to splurge, but do so with awareness and mindfully. We are where we are now as a whole because of greed and excess. It’s time to do better. Know where your things are coming from and make sure that they are safe products that do no harm. There are so many healthy, natural products, brands, and businesses out there that we can utilize. Support local businesses and start buying local, go to specialty places for certain things rather than going the one-stop-shop commercial route.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you need a one-stop-shop, but a lot of those places are not moral and ethical anymore and we really need to get behind and support places and people that do things a better and more genuine way. Support businesses and people that stand for something good and positive. We’ve gotten away from this as a society in the last 30 to 40 years. Things used to be based on morals, ethics, doing things the right way, taking care of people, and mindfully making products; not so much anymore, but we can change that. Let’s go back to those days of authenticity and genuine care for what we buy, where we buy, how we buy, and from whom we buy.
The system that we currently have is not set up to help and benefit us as it should, so it’s difficult to be able to afford things that are healthier and better for us sometimes. Let’s do what we can, where we can, how we can, when you can. How you shop, where you shop, and what you shop for matters, immensely. Let’s take matters into our own hands and stand together to do and be better for ourselves and for all. It’s time that we put our action where our hearts are. Let’s lead and live by example.