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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Ethical and Natural Masterpost

what am i doing now

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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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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