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5 tips for making ethical purchases.

5 tips for making ethical purchases.

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It has been almost two months since my first post in this series. In that post, I wrote about the modern day slavery and unethical labor practices that are behind many of the products we buy everyday. Shortly after my post, I found myself in need of some new cleaning supplies. In the past, I have always purchased whatever I knew worked best and/or was most cost efficient. However, ended up standing in the cleaning aisle for at least twenty minutes frantically googling products until I found one I felt good about purchasing.

Over the past two months, I have begun to try to unpack the idea of making purchases I can stand behind. My husband and I have made several changes in our spending habits, and I have been surprised to find how much easier it is than I anticipated to find brands that uphold ethical standards.

Here is some of what we have learned:

It is possible, and it can be affordable.

It is possible to make better buying decisions. Many companies exist that produce products ethically and with a high level of social responsibility and sustainability. And it doesn't have to break the bank! So far, I have found that although some things are more expensive, these items tend to last longer and do a better job than their cheaper counterparts.

Research, research, research!

Making major spending changes can be overwhelming, so we have found it helpful to take things as they come. Every time we start to run out of something, we do our research, so that when it's time to replace the item, we have already narrowed down our choice.

Use what you have.

Instead of throwing out everything and starting from scratch, we decided to keep what we have until it was time to replace. This has helped us to stay on track and not to quit!

Opt for second-hand.

Especially when it comes to clothing, often, ethical options can seem prohibitively expensive or difficult to find. I, for one, am not a fan of shopping online. I like to know I will want something before I spend my money on it! When it comes to clothing purchases, we have done a ton of research, but we are still working on finding the best options. In the meantime, if something must be bought, we do our best to buy second-hand rather than giving up and walking into a box store.

DIY!

In my research, I have found that you can make a lot (and I mean a LOT) of things at home. Making things at home can be much more cost effective than buying. Here are just a few of the items I learned you can make yourself:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwasher pods
  • Shampoo
  • Body wash
  • Makeup remover
  • Foundation
  • Floor cleaner

In the coming weeks, I will be trying some of these recipes and sharing them with you!

Do all you can.

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” - John Wesley

At the end of the day, we can only do what it is within our power to do. We acknowledge that some things are not within our power to do, but when we do our best to make the best choices, then we are living on purpose - and that is the best thing we can do!

Not only is it possible to buy ethically, but with a little research, it can be both easy and affordable! Stay tuned for reviews, recipes, and tips for making ethical purchases.

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