Recently, the news has been more depressing than usual. Having a child, I think about this stuff more than I did before and I’ve decided to make some small changes towards making the world a better place. Although these are tiny steps, if everyone did even one thing, it’s got to help, right? I mean, we’re so lucky to live in an age with technology, health care and universal education… I think it’s really easy to take it for granted. I found this list, which although I don’t agree with everything on it, gave me some food for thought.
1. I am not going to contribute to ‘fast fashion’– the recent tragedy in Bangladesh really made me question where my clothes come from. As much as I like my Primark cardigans, I’ve been trying to avoid thinking why they’re half the price of Zara’s. Now, I can no longer ignore it and it’s not a pretty realisation. I have skills that mean I can make some of my own clothes. For the rest, I’ll either go secondhand (hello eBay and charity shops!) or go to shops with a clear ethics policy. It’s a small step, but it’s one I need to make.
2. I am going to try and make some ethical choices when it comes to food shopping- Although we can’t afford to go completely organic/fair trade, we can make some small choices by buying some items that allow farmers around the world to make a decent living. I was really surprised when I researched what can be bought that’s organic and/or fair trade. We’ll start with small steps and buy cupboard staples such as hot chocolate and coffee. Guests will now be offered fair trade tea if they panic at the size of my tea cupboard.
3. Help others who suffer from depression– I am currently in a happy stage in my life; everything is being well managed and my brain chemistry is behaving itself. So now I need to pay-it-forward and help other people. I’m looking into doing something with The Blurt Foundation.
Although these are only three things to start with, I think it’s a good way to begin. What one thing could you do to make the world a better place? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @wuthering_alice
This post was written in conjunction with Traidcraft