Category Archives: Essays

the opiate of the masses

I just began reading Selling Spirituality: The Silent Takeover of Religion (Carrette and King), an academic book that suggests that neoliberalism and its free market bent have co-opted spiritual symbols and rhetoric to increase profits. I completely agree. I worked for … Continue reading

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12 months, 12 goals: eat fair trade food

This month’s goal is to replace non-fair trade food items with fair trade, organic options as often as possible. Something clicked with me at the beginning of the year and I started to find it easier to take the ethical … Continue reading

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12 months, 12 goals february wrap up

Phew! I’m a little behind on the 12 Months, 12 Goals posts. Last month was all about shopping local to save resources and support ethical retailers in my community. Since I stopped most unnecessary spending, it was pretty easy to … Continue reading

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saving

Throughout my secondhand journey so far, I’ve come to realize that buying ethically is just as much about how and when I choose to spend my money as it is about where I choose to spend it. I’m in my … Continue reading

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body image

I’ve been really down on my appearance recently. I’ve had a few extra pimples here and there and I’ve gained 3-4 pounds (my weight fluctuates up and down in a 5 pound range, so it’s hard to track what I’ve … Continue reading

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12 months, 12 goals: shop local

Shopping locally contributes to ethical living in several ways: 1. by supporting local businesses, you contribute to your local economy and culture, 2. you reduce fossil fuel usage and waste since retail items are shipped in bulk to the store … Continue reading

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12 months, 12 goals: shop secondhand

It dawned on me, as I flipped and flipped through endless blouses at a local Goodwill on Monday, that thrift shops will never run out of items for me to add to my closet. Sure, there are a few items … Continue reading

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12 months, 12 goals: shop secondhand

“…thrifting is also the moral choice in a ‘fast fashion’ consumer culture that strips the earth of resources and people of their dignity to meet our insatiable demand for more. It’s time that we take responsibility for our purchasing power. … Continue reading

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FYI: retail theater

Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images A recent Washington Post article acknowledges and further explains what I’ve begun to notice over the past year: retailers manipulate their starting prices to account for discounts and store sales, leading the customer to believe … Continue reading

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90 Day Spending Fast – update 2

6 weeks in: Well, as anticipated, I failed. I bought one thing, which led to another, then another. Quitting cold turkey doesn’t work well for me when it comes to shopping. What I’m struggling with: I’m used to being able … Continue reading

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