This week I caught sight of a BBC TV show that I used to love. It’s called ‘Shop well for less’ and is basically a consumer show highlighting how much money you can save by swapping to cheaper brands.
The show asks participants to test-drive differently-priced versions of a product and choose their favourite. Surprise, surprise it tends to be the cheapest model that wins out.
In the past I loved this. The idea of getting what I needed for less strongly appealed to my frugal side. Now, I realise just how short-sighted this approach is.
Now I wonder aloud ‘What’s the repair policy on that budget sewing machine?’ ‘How much are the staff making those fake plants paid?’ ‘What are the environmental laws in the country of origin of that alternative sofa?’
Funny, how this change in mindset crept up on me. Sustainable living isn’t just about doing X or buying Y, it’s about considering the wider impact of the everyday decisions we make.
After such musings it’s time for this month’s planet positive news. The wily among you will notice that this has gone from a bi-weekly newsletter to a monthly one. This is simply because there hasn’t been enough good news to fill a newsletter every 2 weeks. Hopefully it’s just a Covid / summer thing, because if it’s just cause there’s less to celebrate … well that’s kinda depressing.
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Great article on how to support sustainable fashion when you’re broke