It’s easy to make grand statements about doing completely non-material gifts, instead opting for experiences, cash, or donations alone. But the truth is that when it comes to kids, it’s not that easy. Kids need “things” more often than adults, as they outgrow clothing and require age-appropriate toys and games. That’s okay! There’s still a way to save money, packaging, and the resources that go into producing new goods, and that’s by shopping secondhand.
Look down. Someone, somewhere, made every single garment you have ever worn. Do you know how they were treated?
It’s a huge question: how can we evaluate companies, and which ones are best? How can we tell the difference between a company that’s doing good, and one that’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Sometimes it’s harder to judge than we think, and we’ve probably all fallen victim to marketing at one point or another. I know I have!
In the following paragraphs, I’ve attempted to put together a few tips and strategies for evaluating brands and becoming conscious consumers. We’re talking about greenwashing and corporate social responsibility here, so it’s a huge, and often confusing, topic!
Please note that these are general tips, and there will always be exceptions to these rules. Still, hopefully, these strategies will help serve as guiding principles.