One of my quirks is that I think everyone should be paid a living wage for their work–enough to support them in the basic necessities of life and a little bit to allow them to get ahead.
Because of that I try to avoid buying products likely to come from sweatshops. I buy all my clothing used. I avoid buying anything made in China. It’s really, really hard. And it’s getting harder all the time.
That’s why I’m really happy when I look at my bed (and not just because there’s a fuzzy girl beside me). I was lucky to find Saffron Marigold, a company that sells fairly traded textiles from India. That’s where I got the beautiful duvet and matching curtains.
And the leopard print flannel sheets? They came from Portugal which is famous for its flannel.
No, I wasn’t looking for animal prints. That’s just the only thing I could find. But Honey looks really cute next to them–and they do a great job of hiding dog hair. I’m thinking of getting a whole wardrobe in the stuff.
By the way, curious about what a living wage means for your area? Use this calculator to see how much you need to earn to afford a basic life in your community. Sorry this is only for the U.S. But I’d encourage you to search for a calculator for your country if you’re visiting this site from elsewhere.
Do your values affect your purchases? Do you support stores and businesses that contribute to your community? Avoid products made with animal parts? Stay away from pet stores that sell puppies? Shop at companies where you agree with the values of the owners?
Share. I’d love to know what you’re thinking about ethical shopping.