5 Things I never thought about before I began my eco journey

I was reflecting on my journey the other day, and I realized just how much my thought processes have changed over the years. the old me would have thought about how much I wanted something, and how much it was, but now, there are so many other questions that need to be answered before I make a purchase.

  1. Why I want something – It amazes me now, but I would truly have never asked myself this question in the past. If I wanted it, and I could get it, then I would go for it. I never thought about why I was wanting that item, or why I was wanting to make a purchase in the first place. Looking back, sometimes I made purchases simply because I was bored.
  2. Who made my clothes – Clothes is something I also never questioned. After all, I believed that if things were that bad, we simply wouldn’t allow them into the mainstream. This, I have discovered, is not the case. Different materials, different levels of plastic, different countries, and regulations that they follow, there are so many variables when it comes to clothes. Now, I keep it simple, I buy second hand for most items, and really do my research on the few pieces I buy new.
  3. Where my food came from – I mean, it was already in the shop, right? What could I do about how it got there. While of course now I know that every dollar is a vote for the kind of practice that I want to see in the world, back then, I feel like I left the thinking to others, believing that the system or the government would make people do the right thing. Now I take responsibility for my own choices.
  4. How long I will use something for?
    I know that this is a tricky one, particularly when you are growing up. I could have sworn that I would always love the things that I loved, and then within six months, I would have moved on to something else. While I would never tell my younger self to stop growing, or changing her interests, or even investing in them, I would encourage her to not get swept up in the marketing, and only purchase things directly related to the interest. If you love a singer, invest in the album, but you probably don’t need perfume with the artist’s face on it, or a tell-all book about them written by somebody they have never met.
  5. What is its end of life?
    Can it be repurposed, recycled, composted, or is it destined for the landfill? It is again, just something I never thought about. And honestly, I thought most things could be recycled – I just assumed that we wouldn’t make them. It is amazing the things I convinced myself, simply so I didn’t have to look any deeper. Now, I put a lot of research into the purchases I make, and try to make the most ethical decisions possible. I don’t always get it right, but I always strive to do the best I can.

Those are just five ways my thought process has changed over my eco-friendly journey. I have to say, when I began, I truly didn’t think this much change was possible, but it is amazing how much you can change when you take things one step at a time.

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