Crawling the internet, I find a lot of “alternative” lifestyles that are meant to be eco-concious or healthier than the typical American lifestyle. A lot of these really strike a chord with me because I do want to live a life that is less materialistic, and even more importantly, I don’t want the items I own and food I buy to have come from companies and people involved with slavery, torturing animals,using harmful chemicals, or intentionally harming the environment and/or people/animals in order to make their product.
Being an informed consumer is difficult though, and not made easier by the fact that I can be lazy. Big stores are easier to buy from because you can get everything in one place. They also sell in bulk or can be cheaper because of shortcuts that involve the means I listed above. Also, it’s hard to tell what stores/brands/items are safe. Just because you’ve eliminated one evil from your life doesn’t mean you haven’t increased the affect of others. Read the rest of this entry