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 & Green Living

interconnected

I feel like my decision to become more eco-friendly and sustainable was only a matter of time. Minimalism, vegetarianism, mindfulness, and green living fall into a giant circle, interconnected. But it’s been a slow and eye-opening journey, one that has only expanded since I moved 1,200 miles from home.

It’s also only been within the last year that I’ve started to move my beauty and cosmetics products to cruelty free and natural products. I’ve always wanted to make sure I took care of my planet, and I know that everyone cares about the environment. But it was only just recently that I took what I was hearing and tried to think how that applied to me. If I care about the environment, why do we not recycle in our apartment when it’s a viable and easy option? Why would I use plastic bags at the grocery store when I had cloth ones, or why would I throw away a product that I probably could’ve gotten at least one more use out of?

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