Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I Don't Shop at Anthropologie...

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...Or Urban Outfitters, Free People, Terrain, or BHLDN, since they're all owned by Urban Outfitters. I also avoid Tim Horton, Domino's, Wal-Mart, and a few other companies. My co-worker doesn't buy from Nike.

I'll stay far away from proselytizing (since this is not a political space), but a regular theme here is being more aware of the way money is being spent, and with that in mind, it is important to note that monetary awareness goes beyond how we spend it, and includes where we spend it too.

If one spends time or energy on how to best use her money, a natural next step is to be aware of how that money is being spent by the companies where one shops. Is there a company that donates to a cause you find deplorable? If so, then keep in mind that a percentage of every dollar you give them is also going to that cause. It may be a very small percentage, but either way, it means that you're helping to support something you don't believe in.

As consumers, our power to shape the products sold, where and how the products are made, and how responsibly the company acts is limited to the money we spend. If we don't pay attention to these things, we eventually end up without the options we want to have available to us. Where a company donates is just one of many reasons to be aware of more than just the price tag.

So, no matter what our different political leanings may be, we should all try to be aware of what, and who, we support.


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