Welcome to the blog.
Hello, let me take this opportunity to welcome you to the first post of this new blog, thanks for dropping by. Please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page, and tell people about it too. So, what’s the name all about? “The Ethical Shopper”. Well to be honest I’m not totally happy with it, but I think it’s going to grow on me! It’s the best way I can describe what I hope to achieve through writing this blog, to become an “Ethical Shopper”. To me this means being able to have access to information which allows me to make informed choices about the products I buy and who I buy them from.
There are many factors we consider when making a purchase, and not all purchases are equal! Ranging from possibly the largest purchase any one of us will make, a house, right down to a quick sandwich grabbed in the hour/45 minutes/half an hour we have for lunch (delete as appropriate). Every time we spend money it has an impact, on the vendor, on the producer or manufacturer and on our bank balance. The choices that we make can impact people we may never meet for better or worse.
So why buy ethically? Well, I believe that we have a responsibility to our community, society and the world we inhabit to make informed decisions about what we buy. We have reached a point where it’s very obvious that we can no longer just do what we want and everything will be fine. There are famines in Somalia whilst in Europe we produce so much food we have to throw half of it away. Up to 21 million humans are used for slave labour, some to produce goods that are sold in high street shops. Companies subcontract to companies who subcontract once more leaving very little control over the conditions of many workers.
I believe that in our choices lies the power to change the world. Really, I do. Companies are after our money, as long as we keep giving them it there is very little incentive for them to change. Only when we show them that we’re not prepared to put up with modern day slavery, poor working conditions and disregard for the environment will they get the message.
I do realise however that this is not always a black and white issue. I’m not telling you who and who not to buy from, I simply want to share with you the information that I find out so that we can all make better choices. I hope you will find this useful and do please share with me any stories or experiences you have about shopping ethically.
Oh, and my name’s Thom by the way, just in case it’s important…