Archive for May, 2013

Consumer Power!

Posted: May 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

Sometimes I feel helpless to the powers that be. I do realize however that we the people as consumers DO have some power.

Jeniffer Louden tweeted this timely article entitled; How shoppers can help prevent Bangladesh-type disasters I respect and admire Jeniffer; you may be interested in her blog, Savor and Serve. I loved Jennifer’s book The Comfort Queen’s Guide To Life, she’s funny and gave me lots of good stuff to think about.

On the other end of the spectrum the tragic Bangladesh garment factory fire killed many workers, mostly poor and minimized women earning very little money. Much of what was found in the burnt remains of the building were tattered garments meant for Walmart, Disney and other big clothing corporations who contracted with the factory.

We have the power say no to these corporations. We do not have to accept corporate reality. We can say we don’t want poor women treated unfairly. We have the opportunity to make the world a better place and bring it up a level.

I have been buying my clothing from secondhand stores for as long as I can remember, it”s become an art form for me. I do still buy new underwear but most other garments are used. I’ve stopped using shampoo and conditioner on my hair opting for baking soda to wash with and vinegar for a rinse, baking soda for brushing my teeth and I don’t wear make-up except for once in a great while. While I feel comfortable with this I am not asking any of you to do any of this. I would like you to read the linked article and see what options are available for you.