I am a person who tends to sit and ponder life, a lot. I have a hard time shutting my brain down. It is why I just need to shut the world out at times when there is something that is bothering me. It gets me worked up to the point of frustration and irritability. Sometimes, the issue will fizzle out and I move on or in most cases continues to press on my heart. When the pressing persists, it is when I take to my computer and process through writing.
When I traveled to India back in 2009, and again in 2016 I got a glimpse of the effects of modern-day consumerism. You see the people that it is enslaving. The sad thing is that what I saw was just a grain of sand of a dessert of an issue. Countries all over the globe are allowing this kind of slavery.
This morning I kept asking, “Why?” Why the hell are we allowing these corporations to treat our fellow humans this way? Why do we agree with them? And yes, every time you purchase an article of clothing that has not been ethically sourced or made you are saying, yes. We are silently permitting them to continue the abuse and the degrading of a human. Most of the time children and women.
What is it that makes us agree?
Is it our justification of our financial situation? Is it the brainwashing of the media making us feel that we need this? We NEED the new trend. The modern fast fashion, no matter the cost to others. The mentality that we deserve this?
We are being lied to every…single…day. From commercials, bus advertisements, magazines, influencers, celebrities, the list goes on. We are being saturated in this lie. The kicker? We are too tired at the end of a work day to care. We are slaves ourselves. It’s a vicious cycle. They keep us busy. Keep us distracted. Keep our minds in an alpha state so that we are too damn tired to care. Or we do care but can’t muster up the energy to do anything about it. Instead we tend to shut it out and binge watch Netflix or whatever your distraction is.
Shopping ethically isn’t easy. It is a lot of work to make sure what you are purchasing isn’t part of the problem. It does also cost more. Which is where most people have an issue. I do to at times.
We are a family of one income. That doesn’t leave a lot of extra money to go towards an article of clothing. How can I justify spending $40 on a shirt my kid is going to ruin shortly after or grow out of? It’s hard, and I get it. I’m not perfect in this either. I still make mistakes. I even say yes. But I DO NOT WANT TO ANYMORE! I want to say NO. I want to empower my fellow brother or sister as a human. I do not want to be the one helping to enslave them. And if you are reading this, I hope you want to make a change as well.
Let’s work hard together. Let’s be the change in this vote for, yes. I’ve done a follow-up post here. I’ve been slowly making changes over the years to vote no, and these are tips that I have found are useful when shopping ethically.
I have more thoughts on all of this. Not just about clothing but about our food, cleaning, cosmetics products as well. How the elitists of this world have conditioned us to the point that we have become deceived in making choices that enslave and poison others and ourselves. They have made it that we can not afford and don’t have time for what is best. We have been put into a spinning wheel that it is almost near impossible to escape from. It’s been an intense month of awakening for me friends. Intense.
Change is hard. It doesn’t happen overnight all at once but in a flame that turns into an inferno.
That is my first prayer. That these little flares that many have started can turn into an inferno to incinerate the degrading of humans through shopping ethically.
If you find it hard to do this on your own there are two amazing shops that do the work for you. One that I have been following for years, My American Nomad and secondly, Justly Market by Tara Teng that just opened up.
The blanket that you see in these pictures came from My American Nomad that was made by Sackcloth and Ashes. My American Nomad has a deep passion to the people and the planet in sustaining preservation. All items sold in this online shop have been ethically made and they also help to empower others. Sackcloth and Ashes being that for every blanket that is purchased they give a blanket to someone who is homeless.
This blanket has been perfection. It has pretty much replaced a lot of other ones we had laying around the house. The quality and design is spot on.
I ordered an amazing purse from them last year for my 30th birthday that was handmade in India helping to empower an artisan from there. Creating them a sustainable income and healthly working conditions. Most of us need a purse so why not have that purse make a change is someones life?
Justly Market is also an online shop that is helping to do the same. Tara Teng is a huge activist for those that are being treated unfairly in this market. She took her passion and created a place where again she is doing the work by finding brands and artians that are saying, NO to modern-day slavery. She is adding new brands all the time as she grows and sources them out for you so check back often.
Go check it out and you can use the code ADVENTUROUSMAMA10 for 10% off your purchase.