Impulse Buys and Moral Dilemmas

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An interesting thing happened to me recently, that I’ve been thinking about for a few days. It led me to this question: When does your personal wants trump your ethics? I’ve been a vegetarian for the last 6 years and, as you can tell from my posts, I’ve started to delve deeper into veganism and ethical purchases on the non-consumable front. My makeup is all cruelty free, my toiletries are mostly eco-friendly, and I don’t really purchase or use items made from animals if I’m aware of it.

However, over the last week Disney announced a new Dooney and Bourke bag, inspired by Disney dogs. I didn’t really care for the color originally, but I loved the pattern and styles of bags. But, being a high-ticket item at $250 and knowing that people were waiting hours to get their hands on them, I filed it away as an item that I wanted and didn’t need.

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Curated Closet Update – Thrift Store Finds

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Hey guys, welcome back! This is an update on my Curated Closet post to show you guys all of the clothing that I have bought this year from thrift stores like Goodwill. I love shopping second-hand because you have a ton of different options and can find some really cute and classic pieces. I also love it because of the price, and of course, because it creates less textile waste.

Shopping second-hand cuts down on consumerism and lends itself to slow fashion. Since I started becoming more aware of my shopping habits, I’ve only purchased one or two items from department stores like Target, usually because I needed something last minute. Forewarning: I’m a big fan of stripes! I also know that this setup doesn’t really do the clothing justice, but rest assured I tried all these on and really love their shapes on me. But let’s get on to the clothing!

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Ethical and Natural Masterpost

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I’ve made a few posts over the last couple months about transitioning to minimalism, natural, non-toxic, and ethical brands and habits. And while I still have a long way to go, I think I’ve made a great deal of progress and have found a lot of great resources along the way that I wanted to share.

But first! Let’s talk about what I’m doing daily to be more environmentally conscious and ethical.

Transitioning to cruelty-free and natural brands: Slowly I’ve been exchanging all of my products to natural and cruelty-free brands as I use up my old things. I recently switched to Josie Maran foundation, and use a lot of ELF products in my daily life. For face wash and cleansing I use shea moisture or Acure branded products. Right now I’m still using up my shampoos, conditioner, and sunscreen before I buy more, but I already have a list of transition brands and some natural products already stocked up once I finish the rest of them. Eventually when I change more items over I’ll make an entire post about my natural product collection.

Kitchen: As I mentioned I always use my fabric grocery bags and recently bought produce bags for all my loose fruits and vegetables. I really want to get into using jars for all of my food instead of rebuying plastic containers, but right now I haven’t found an affordable store that offers loose items. I also finally bought a recycling can and we have been recycling nearly everything now and we are amazed by how many items are actually recyclable. It helps cut down on our trash filling up and since everything is clean, we can leave the recycling for longer or by the door without it leaking food.

Food: I’ve been having issues with Dunkin accepting my Klean Kanteen and with them not making my drinks right so I haven’t been using it as much because I keep getting discouraged, but I will prevail eventually. I’ve also stopped buying cases of water which I used for convenience and have been taking my Klean Kanteen water bottle EVERYWHERE and I love it. It keeps everything cold and doesn’t taste of metal at all. I would like to buy some stasher bags in the next few weeks to replace the ziploc bags in our drawers!

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