As I walk into a store, a dressing room or a produce aisle, there are a lot of thoughts that run through my mind. There’s the initial feeling of: “these are the things I need”. Leading to: “Oh, that’s on sale, what a great price – should I buy it?” Lastly, me at the cash register, re-evaluating everything in my cart – Do I really need it? I suppose you can say this is to prevent hoarding but it’s almost shameful to myself that I never thought about where it was made, where did it come from, how is the quality and does this brand/company do others good.
If the things we buy have something like a nutrition label for you – would that make you think twice? I currently learned to look at clothes and its make of different materials (this would help determine the quality, worth and durability). Even with such labels as “Made in China” – what does that even tell us? The fact we can’t seem to produce our own goods, that the item is in mass production overseas and probably bought cheap yet sold ridiculously expensive.
It’s almost scary to think that in today’s society we don’t really look past our selfish thoughts and needs. If every item had some tie of stating “10% of sales go to <insert a good deed> or 5% of this sale provides workers the access to crops, would that not change your view on purchases? What about the other way around – 90% of this profit ensures workers are minimally paid and are working 12+ hours a day. I suppose the saying, in hindsight, what we can’t see, can’t hurt us is true. But by being oblivious to such also will lead to an inexplicable reason to why there will be a great divide between the world.
To Ponder on: What thoughts run through your head as you’re walking into a store – seeking for that “item”? Do you ever wonder where it comes from and why does that thought fade away so quickly?
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