Do You Think Before You Buy? {Natural Living Blog Carnival}

Thanks for joining me for the October 2012 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Ethical Shopping Choices

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about how they make purchasing choices.

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Do you think before you buy? If not, you should! There are a lot of unsafe and unethically made products on the shelves. But consumers have all the power. Big companies will supply what we buy most. So lets start asking questions and making good choices that will positively impact our children’s future.

Questions we should be asking:

Where is this from?
It is usually the best option to stick with US made products. They require less transportation, are usually safer and provide fair paying US jobs. A lot of other countries don’t have strict rules and regulations like we do here. Products can be made with toxic chemicals and the workers are not treated fairly.

What is it made of?
Plastic is a big one for me. There are so many ways to make plastic and it is rarely labeled on toys. Some companies opt for cheaper material and you wouldn’t be able to tell with the naked eye. Not all wood toys are safe either. They can have toxic finishes or lead paint.

How is it made?
Water and fuel are required to make, package and ship products. Opt for companies that use solar or wind power!

Many products can produce or require toxic chemicals during production. For example: Polyester is made from PET plastic. Antimony, a toxic heavy metal is required to make it. This creates waste water with antimony in it that isn’t always disposed of properly. Antimony is released when it is recycled too.

What did it take to get here?
Again with buying from the US or even Canada instead of overseas. You can save fuel and support companies here at home. Find companies that are active in using alternative energy sources and try to minimize their carbon footprint.

What will happen when I am done with it?
What is the packaging made of? Is it easy to recycle? I love when companies use recyclable and plastic free packaging. You want to consider what the product itself is made of as well. Is it going to last many generations and if not will it be broken down safely or recycled?

Once you get into the right mindset and start asking questions, making the right choice will come easily to you.

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About Angela Vullo

I am a mother to three wonderful children. I love to read and write. I created this blog to share my experience and tips on trying to live a green lifestyle.

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