Cheap Is Not Always Cheap

The lesson of the week at my house is: someone is paying for everything we use. 

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It’s easy to recognize this when we teach children to turn off unneeded lights or to turn off the water when their hands are nowhere near the sink.

In addition to the obvious, I like to remind my kids that even the “cheap” items from discount stores have hidden costs to the environment and, likely, to the workers manufacturing the junk. The cheaper stuff is, the more we want to buy. So we buy more cheap stuff that is more likely to break or wear out than its quality alternative, then we do it again. This is a cycle we consumers have become too comfortable with.

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We can all be a part of the solution. Vote with your dollars. Know that you directly support the continued manufacture and distribution of every new thing you buy. Ask yourself about the integrity of the products you want to buy, how long they will last, where they are made and shipped from, what they are made of, and where they will end up when their life is over.

Remember, cheap is not always cheap, and nothing is free. 

 

 

 

How do you vote?

Growing up in the city, life was always fast paced. Consumption is a way of life. Life is not all that sustainable.

After my first camping experience in high school, life took on a different meaning. Nature has a perfect balance that cannot be recreated. It renews the mind and invigorates the spirit.

Over the years, I have realized that while voting in our democratic system is one way to make your voice heard, it is undeniable that we also vote with our dollars. Every purchase we make, in a way, defines who we are and what we stand for.

Regardless of where you live, life can be sustainable. Supporting organic agriculture and buying domestically-made goods made from renewable resources supports “the little guy” instead of the multimillion-dollar corporation that in exchange fuels the fire of non-sustainable living.

The earth is one big eco-system and our everyday choices WILL impact the planet one way or another.

How do you vote?

Rowena, Product Specialist