12 Months, 12 Goals is a year long challenge that breaks down ethical shopping goals into easier-to-manage, month long chunks. These challenges are emphasized during the month in which they are originally announced, but can continue throughout the year. The intent is to develop habits one-by-one that contribute to more ethical, sustainable living and to confront both unhealthy consumer habits and our broken retail system. By taking slow and thoughtful strides toward ethical and intentional living, I hope to develop lasting positive routines that benefit myself and others.
I’ll announce a new challenge at the beginning of each month, then post on my progress at the start of the next month.
Goal 1: Shop secondhand.
For the month of January, my goal is to shop only secondhand. This is a fitting goal for the start of the year because it requires very little money and it’s the surest way, at least in the short term, to ensure that my purchases are ethical and sustainable.
Potential goals for the following months include:
- Learn to sew.
- Shop local.
- Shop handmade.
- Donate to a microloan organization.
- Invest in a fair trade garment.
- Write an article on the state of the garment industry.
- Explore more fair trade food options.
- Start a petition that demands manufacturing transparency.
- Spread the word about fair trade in my community.
We’re better together, so let me know if you plan to get involved. Tailor your goals to your personal struggles and desires and let me know! I’d love to link up with you.
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