Thursday, March 28th, 2013...8:30 am
On supply and demand (and the dollar vote)
In doing my best to make ethical purchasing choices on day-to-day things, the most important thing I consider is supply and demand.
Without demand, there would be no supply.
So I create demand for things like… Independently owned businesses. Local, organic produce. Quality craftsmanship. Non-GMO grocery items. Natural diapers. Beautiful design. Art. Ethical production. Vintage. Etc.
Two things I consistently avoid creating demand for are fast fashion and excess waste (packaging, driving, water, etc.). But in writing this, I realize that I’ve bought some baby clothes recently from brands I don’t know anything about. (I feel better about Gap and Old Navy baby items, as Gap Inc. has been building a reputation for fair labor rights.)
And I try not to create demand where I don’t NEED to.
Of course, I could always do more. Especially with a baby, it’s so easy to justify short cuts.
What do you go out of your way to create demand for? Or to avoid?
Who gets your dollar vote?
Image from Need Supply Co.