The Eco shop is now open! (link in “now open”)
For years I have been looking for companies that provide me with a different alternative to the products on the high street.
When I started becoming aware of how products are really made, how cotton is full of chemicals and pesticides I started to look online for organic cotton clothes. Somehow, I found a company here or there. I have always thought it shouldn’t be this hard to find organic cotton clothes. Then, I started to get rid of plastic in the kitchen. I was frustrated with not being able to find completely plastic-free products like lunch boxes or stainless steel thermos; there was always some plastic component.
You really have to research and look for things, whether it is organic food, organic cotton clothes or those wooden thread spools that our grandmas used to have.
Most people don’t even know what organic cotton is. I have been considered awkward and difficult by family and friends because I don’t roll with the current trends of buying in the high street and apparently, by doing this, I make it difficult for buying presents.
As an anecdote, a few years ago, one of my aunties went to a baby shop and asked for organic cotton clothes. The shop assistant without batting an eyelid said to her: “this is 100% cotton” and convinced her that that’s all there is to it. My auntie came back to me with: “it’s 100% cotton”. She couldn’t get organic cotton baby clothes anywhere and she didn’t really understand why I wanted organic cotton and even questioned its very existence.
Time and time again, I hit a wall of ignorance which is probably one of the motivations for creating this blog. I want to bring awareness to these issues and spread knowledge. The irony is you still have to look for it and find me in the ether of Internet blogging.
What we have now: a chemical world
The operative word is chemicals, from chemicals being sprayed on the fields and harvest, to products being dipped in chemicals and made with chemicals, chemicals in food, water, chemicals in plastics and even in vaccines.
What does the consumer get?
Toxic products made of and with chemicals.
I started changing my shopping habits when I became aware of what is really happening. I wanted to improve my health. I did not change out of concern for the environment. That came later. Over the years, I have realised it is one and the same. The health of the environment and the destruction of it correlates exactly with what we are doing to our bodies. We are killing the good bacteria in the soil and we are killing the good bacteria in our bodies through the use of chemicals. The soil is becoming infertile and so are we.
Once you start changing out of concern for your own health, you inexorably change the world just by changing your consumer habits. By improving your health you are improving the health of the planet. It is that interrelated.
As consumers we are supporting companies that do not support us, that do not have our best interests at heart, with products that are not good for us or the planet. Often, we are totally unaware that these products are actually harmful to us and the planet. These more traditional companies do not care for the working conditions of their employees or the destruction of the environment that goes into making their products.
There is another way
Welcome to the wonderful world of ethical shopping, conscious consumerism and green companies.
Ethical shopping meets green companies: a marriage made in heaven
In order for consumers to be able to choose differently, a choice must be provided. The high street, with its colourful shops, does not provide that choice. In the surface, it appears as if consumers face too many choices. Scrape the surface and you find almost impossible to find organic, healthy, non toxic products. This applies from supermarkets to boutique stores.
Fortunately, there is another way, a better way of creating products that we need and love.
Enter green companies. Most green companies are available only online. Green companies provide a much-needed alternative to conventional shopping. It provides conscious consumers with healthy, high quality products that do not harm us or the environment.
Who are green companies?
I have come to the conclusion that green companies are made by people who care.
In looking for organic cotton, plastic-free products I found companies that are interested in doing things differently, that have an awareness of their impact at all levels along the chain, from production to distribution and consumption. These companies not only want to sell you a product and make a profit, they are also concerned with how that profit is made. It is not profit at any cost like more traditional companies. They operate with a bottom triple line: profit, people and planet.
They are showing us how it is possible to have a thriving business and still care and nurture the people who work for them and the processes involved in making the products.
They make products that are organic, fair trade, cruelty-free or plastic-free.
They are sustainable, socially responsible, many have programs to give back to the community or support organisations that drive change, implementing low impact processes in how the product is made, packaged and distributed.
Often, they are members of organisations like the 1% for the Planet and have green accreditation, they support fair trade and organic cotton farmers, with an emphasis in handmade products and support of artisans and local traditions.
The philosophy, vision and mission of these companies are driven by their founders and leaders, people with an awareness of environmental issues; many of them are mums. The level of awareness of the leader is reflected in the company’s vision. The greater the awareness, the greater the impact in all aspects of making the products.
As consumers we are supporting companies that do not support us, that do not have our best interests at heart, with products that are not good for us or the planet. Often, we are totally unaware that these products are actually harmful to us and the environment.
As consumers we have an enormous power to drive change not only in our own lives but in the world at large. In fact,
change is driven by consumer awareness
When you purchase a product from a green company know that in addition to getting a great quality product, made with love and care by people who are getting a decent wage, you are also contributing to the expansion of these ideas and business models, you are supporting not only yourself but also all the people who work for these companies and how the products are made minimising our impact in the environment. This is really a win-win for all of us. So I would encourage you to shop green for a healthier you and healthier planet.
Every time you shop you are casting a vote of how you want things to be.
What does affiliate marketing has to do with ethical shopping?
I only discovered affiliate marketing when I started blogging. I think it is a brilliant idea if it is well executed.
Affiliate marketing is promoting other people’s or company’s products and services through links in a website.
When you purchase any product through these links I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This is a win-win situation. By doing this you are supporting not only these companies but also my work on this blog. It will help me to continue providing information, awareness and inspiration on how to achieve a life in harmony with Nature.
In my case, I want to use affiliate marketing to promote
- green companies.
- products and services that actually work and restore health and healing to our lives.
- any product or service that contributes to make the world a better place.
I want the shop to be a comprehensive resource of products and companies that my readers can rely on to provide high quality, organic, fair trade products without having to spend countless hours looking for this or that. As such, my aim is to expand the number of companies offered in the Eco shop and to improve it over time.
If you have a product or service that helps people in some way and would like to be part of the eco shop or would like to work with me please send me a message.
Be the change and support companies, products and services that support you and the planet. Click here to go to the Eco shop.