Hey there, friends. As this is intentioned to be the first Sunday chats/tips/informal stuff/etc post, let’s just jump right in and address the elephant in the room here, shall we? While this blog is meant to be informative, accessible, and do good things in the world, and while I do believe we are largely accomplishing that, there is a flip side to this whole sustainability/ethical purchasing thing that we do here on this blog. So let’s be real: this blog is pretty idealistic, and pretty pretentious. To be able, at 26, to say “yeah, I think I’ll just go ahead and re-allocate my budget so I have some extra grocery money to spend on free-range meat” or “sure, I’ll spend an extra $2 per item so I can have eco-friendly cleaning supplies,” is pretty privileged.
In fact, I may as well just put a neon sign above my head that says, “HEY! LOOK AT ME! I’M PRIVILEGED!”
And that’s not to say there haven’t been struggles in my life, or that there aren’t still struggles. There have been times in my life when I have had to make canned tuna stew and eat it for 2 days straight because payday wasn’t here yet and I actually didn’t have a single dollar to spend on something else (tuna stew is nasty. avoid it at all costs). Or other times when money has been tight AF and there is barely an option to buy sandwich meat, nevermind fair trade clothing or whatever.
But the thing is, that was temporary. Because I have the privilege of education. Because I have a supportive family. Because I had a kind housemate who could spot me some bus money. Some people do not have such luck.
So I guess what I’m saying is that I think it’s valuable to acknowledge the fact that even though, in some ways I (and you, if you’re along this journey with me) do have to give up some level of convenience and comfort in order to pursue the passion of living more fairly, ethically and sustainably, the fact that I am able to do so points to a very high level of privilege.
And not that that’s anything to be ashamed of or feel bad about. I just think it’s valuable to acknowledge the fact, and remember that not everyone has the time, means, or emotional energy to spend on more idealistic products or ways of living. And maybe in remembering this, we can reserve judgement of people who may not choose to follow these ideals.
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