Put your money where your values are

Positive shopping is a matter of consuming in line with your values. To adapt your purchases to your values is very satisfying. Every purchase is a celebration of the world you want, and you are joining a supply chain that suits you the best. There are a lot of choices.

Planet: protect the environment
Climate change is real, and there are a lot of green strategies to lower your impact. If you are a big spender, save your money by buying fewer goods. Purchase second-hand stuff as much as possible and use it a long, long time. Biodiversity is an issue, and organically produced products will bring you closer to your idea that we should care. The vegan or vegetarian route is also effective if you want to reduce your environmental footprint. Buying local and seasonal is another green strategy, just like re-using and reducing your waste. Oh, almost forgotten; use sustainable energy and ditch aviation as much as possible. #minimalist #zerowaste #secondhand #organic #seasonal #local #vegan #vegetarian #greenenergy #greentravel

Animals: cruelty-free
Most people simply love animals, especially their pets, but discussing the love for animals is a tricky subject. The following is my opinion and I do understand if you don't agree. If you feel compassion for animals - all animals included - preferably live a vegan lifestyle. Humane farmers truly care for their livestock, but commercial interests limit the extent of their compassion. Their animals are raised for meat, dairy or eggs. Organic livestock farmers have to kill to survive: cows for dairy, pigs for meat etc. It's hard to combine a kill with true compassion; therefore I prefer plant-based food whenever possible #vegan #humane

People: fairtrade and healthy
Buying fairtrade is a must if you stand for social justice. Fairtrade is based on partnership, which means that the interests of farmers and workers are as important as other commercial considerations. The price we pay for products is fair when it gives enough to producers to afford life's essentials - like food, education and healthcare. Fairtrade is a solution to poverty and a model for development. Besides all these considerations, we have to care for ourselves and have access to good and healthy food and other consumer goods. This access is a right for everyone, but sadly this is not the case for every human on this planet. Whenever possible buy fairtrade, healthy food if you care for your self and others.#fairtrade #healthy

As you can see, there are plenty strategies to become a conscious consumer. Decide which approach suits you best and don’t judge others for their choices :)) As you probably already know, it will be almost impossible to follow them all in perfection! What is good for the planet isn't always good for animals, and vice versa. Positive shopping is trying to purchase the goods that fit your standards best. You can follow me on my conscious consumer journey on Instagram.

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