The fashion industry has us all brain washed. We are wired to think we need new items all the time which causes fashion businesses to over produce more and more.
Do find yourself asking "Do I really need this?", before clicking, BUY NOW? Usually it's for financial reasons that we pause, but it's time to start considering a few other large consequences of our addictive shopping habits.
It is easy to overlook the effect that our purchases can have. Especially because most of us aren't educated on this topic. While searching for the cheapest items and scoring major deals can sound enticing, we have a few things you can consider when shopping.
A bit of research before committing to your purchase will go a long way and hopefully, make you feel good about your purchase.
Where is this item made?
It is required to note in which country items are produced on the label or tag. Take a quick peek. Items made in 3rd world countries or China are usually made there because labor is cheap. Shipping from outside countries to the US also results in supporting other economies rather than our own. Not to mention shipping costs our planet tons in CO2 emissions.
Who made this item?
Does it look like it was made in a large factory or does it look hand-made?
Cheap Labor can result in horrible working conditions, overworked staff, and poor pay. Think about it, if you purchase a t-shirt for $5 tack on the shipping and materials, what is left for the person who made that t-shirt?
Now days a lot of businesses show us their behind the scenes to further help us understand their process. Makers who can show us the hard work going into the product and show us who is making it as well, gives us a direct connection. Unlike large factories where we can't access what happens within their facilities.
What is this product made of?
Get to know what you put on your body, in your body, or in your home.
Take the time to read labels.
Switch to all natural options for beauty products. Even large companies like Sephora have begun things like their "Clean at Sephora" segments, making it easier to shop.
Do I know what this company stands for?
Now days with social media platforms businesses can share more and more about their story and the values they stand for. Do a little research into finding out why brands operate the way they do. If it resonates with you, you'll find yourself sticking to shopping those brands more often. Brands that truly believe in sustainability and overall quality will talk about it.
Who am I supporting with this purchase?
Recapping everything above, who made it, where is it from, what does it stand for, and where is your money really going? In other words, who are you supporting with your purchases?
How many times will I use/wear this item?
We talk about recycling and repurposing items a lot. It really should start from when you purchase the item. Think about the longevity, quality and long lasting capabilities of the item. And if you still can't use it more than once, where will it end up after you? Then it's time to consider hand-me-downs, swaps, donations, or recycling and repurposing centers as an option.
These are just a short list of things to consider when making purchases. It just takes a little research into companies and brands to know if what they are producing is a good purchase for you and for our planet.
We hope this inspires you to look a little closer when shopping and opt for better purchases overall.