All posts tagged: ethical shopping

Part of me wishes I’d never made this NY resolution…

My New Year’s resolution this year is going to be tough. Three days in and I’m already wondering if this was a mistake. I mean, why would any thinking girl commit to NOT buying a new dress, new jeans, a new top for that friend’s birthday party – not buying a single item of new clothing for an entire year? 2017 is the year I’ve decided to refrain from buying any brand-spanking-new clothes. Any item of clothing accumulated in the next 12 months will come from op shops, markets, Gumtree, those Facebook pages you sell your old stuff on – or the wardrobes of friends who take pity on me! Underwear excluded. Underwear definitely excluded. About 85% of textiles end up in land fill; clothing is the second-largest source of pollution, after oil. We are a throw-away society. Fashion manufacturers are churning out new outfits as if they are everyday consumables like milk, toothpaste and toilet paper to keep up with our appetites for the trendiest, most ‘it’ clothing. Most of it is poor quality and …

Giving Gifts that Give and Give and Give.

Two lists. That’s all it took to undo me somewhat these past few weeks. The first was the one I write up every year as we approach Christmas; the dreaded list of people I need to buy gifts for. Oh, I love Christmas, I do. And I love giving gifts. But the scale of that list has been known to send me into a panic. This year I counted 40 names. The other list came in the mail with a big, bloody headline that fairly screamed at me. STOP THE GENOCIDE! it said. The ACL’s letter told me that, since 2014, “ISIS has been carrying out a terror campaign against Christians, Yazidis, Shias and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. And there’s overwhelming evidence of crimes against them, including…” (And here’s that other list…) Assassinations of church leaders and mass murders Torture, systemic rape and sexual enslavement Kidnapping for ransom and theft of lands and wealth Destruction of churches, cemeteries and religious artefacts Forcible conversion to Islam (Please sign the petition to add pressure …