Becky - posted on 10/11/2011 ( 36 moms have responded )
So, this talk of the 99% movement and equality has gotten me thinking about how much inequality there is in the world and about how much the majority of us feed into it, without even being conscious that that is what we are doing. We buy our clothes from the cheapest retailers, not thinking about who made those clothes and what they were paid. We buy our gas from the most convenient station, or the one that has the best rewards program, not thinking about whether the country that gas came from has any regard for human rights whatsoever. We buy our coffee from wherever, without any thought to how that coffee was grown or harvested. We buy fancy diamonds without ever asking how those diamonds were mined.... and on and on.
So, how concious are you of these things? Do you research your products before you buy them to ensure that they were not produced in sweatshops or on the backs of people in 3rd world countries being exploited for their labor? Do you know where the gas in your vehicle comes from? Do you buy your coffee and chocolate only from fair trade places? Did you make sure your diamonds were conflict-free before you bought them?
I'm not posting to try to criticise anyone or make anyone feel guilty, because I will say that I am not very concious of most of the above. Every once in a while I think about it and feel that I should be, but I have to admit that I don't really make changes. Although I did boycott Shell for a while because of their record of human rights abuses overseas. I know my diamonds in my wedding and engagement rings are not conflict diamonds because we asked about that and I am pretty sure that the places we fill up our vehicles use Canadian oil/gas, which may not be perfect in terms of their environmental record, but at least it's not supporting countries ruled by religious extremist dictators. Other than that though, I don't usually give it much thought.