Conscious Purchasing 101: Inspiring Kindness through Simple Choices

 

“If we in the First World exploit our sisters and brothers in the Third World, either directly or by exporting our materialist values, it diminishes their lives and our own as well.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh.🌿

If we’re conscious of what we put into our bodies and compassionate toward all living beings, we can also be conscious of everything else we purchase.

Conscious purchases are more expensive but I think it’s important to consider whether our actions contribute to positive change or destruction in the world. We can offset these costs by buying less. I’d rather have one bag that was produced under fair working conditions with materials that don’t harm the planet or animals than five cheap bags made most likely by underpaid children.

I think of this in terms of a plant-based and organic diet, as well. We hear so many people say they can’t afford organic, but most of them can and choose to spend their money elsewhere. On top of that, if we cut out the groceries that cost the most like meat, dairy, and eggs, then we *can* afford to buy better quality plant foods. To be clear, I’m not criticizing or attacking any individual, just the lack of understanding and awareness in our culture at large. I think most people would be shocked to hear that about 40,000 people, about 75% of them children, die from hunger and starvation every day. And this is during an age when agricultural “advances” yield harvests large enough to outpace population growth. At the root of this devastation is greed, corruption, and capitalism.

We’ve been fed lies our entire lives that a higher paycheck and new clothes and electronics and conveniences make us happy. I have a long way to go in terms of living a conscious and compassionate life, but being more aware of where I put my money is a simple and very doable beginning for me.

How can you begin to lead a kinder lifestyle? I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

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