It’s Thursday, so at least we all have that going for us! Today I just have to share with you my darling finds at a local fair trade shop.
To give you some context, one of my core beliefs as a human on this awesome planet is that there is a dire need for humanity to strive towards sustainability, which is the idea of living in such a way that leaves our environment viable to future generations. Believe it or not, I actually spent a good bit of time studying this concept for my undergraduate degree in Earth Systems.
As an adult I find the struggle to maintain a comfortable lifestyle while also making conscious choices as a consumer. I have a lot of new goals I plan to share with you all in the near future, and one of them is to make more ethical decisions regarding the materialistic items on which I spend money. There is a really powerful quote I see floating around from time to time that captures the prerogative I am adopting quite well:
“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want to live in.”
This concept weighted my mind as I set out to do some errands last Saturday. I wanted to stop by Trade Fair Market to browse and see if I found anything gift-worthy. Finding something gift-worthy was not an issue at all–narrowing down all of the darling choices turned out to be the tricky part!
I ended up choosing this gorgeous card made of recycled materials and pressed wild flowers from the Himalayas.
I also purchased a beautiful pair of earrings and a matching bracelet made in south Mexico. To top off the gift portion of my purchase, I chose a sample pack of fair trade chocolates. The coolest things about these is that on the inside of each wrapper is the biography of one of the co-op’s workers!
Conveniently, the shop had some fair trade soaps because I’d recently used the last of my amazing goat milk soap bar. I chose a coconut scented soap that was made in India–it’s amaze-balls!
What kind of vote is your money casting about the kind of world you want to live in?