24 March 2010
We try to make sure that what we bring into our home at owlet HQ has some ethical basis. We think about where it came from, How far away? Who made it? What was that like for them? Where did the money go? Did a little piece of the planet die in the process?
It takes a long time. Shopping these days is hard.
I'm reading the 100 Mile Diet at the moment and I'm a bit more inspired to think than usual. Unfortunately we start out with good intentions, and then household economics gets in the way. We could do better.
Here's what we do already:
Try to buy local and organic. Often thwarted by expense.
Grow a little of our own. Very little.
Try to limit plastic bags and packaging entering the house. But we get lazy.
Don't buy many clothes. Usually due to expense and cos we don't enjoy shopping.
Make gifts and buy handmade where possible.
Boycott Nestle. Easy to do and important to us.
Use the car as little as possible and buy stuff when we are out already.
Shop at garage sales. Much of the owlets clothes and resources are garage sale finds. Local and second hand!
Here's what we'll be working on:
Buying more local and organic stuff where possible. We've joined the local organic wholefoods co-op in an attempt to shop in this way and cut down on packaging. We have access to beautiful local produce. We should be buying more of it.
Growing more of our own food. The vegie patch is starting to become more productive with a little effort. Also vital so that we can afford the other local stuff.
Using the car less. Not easy with all the things the owlets get up to, but we're working on it.
Taking the Ethical Clothing Pledge. I've worked in the mainstream fashion industry before. I know the deal. Its why the owlet shop is full of clothes that are as ethical as I can make them. Its time Huz and I bought some new clothes. We'd like to do it right.
THE ETHICAL CLOTHING PLEDGE
I pledge to only wear clothing that is one or more of the following:
2. Handmade (preferably by me)
4. Made with ethical / environmentally friendly materials
5. Made by a company with strong ethical policy & workers' rights
* Companies with environmentally friendly practices (such as cutting down on waste/energy/water) get brownie points
* If I get one little inkling of sweatshop labour, I'm outta there!
* Above all though, I think the most important thing is reducing the amount of things we use in the first place. Not purchasing ANOTHER piece of clothing just for the sake of it is the biggest statement we can make.