I really hope that by reading this blog, you don’t feel like I’m on a soapbox telling you how to live your life. It is honestly the last thing I want to do, but I know I sometimes get caught up in my emotions of how we as humans are treating others, animals and the environment. I share with you what I’ve read because until I started doing my own research last year, I was blissfully ignorant. I hope that by giving you all the facts, you can make your own informed decisions.
Taking the eco-conscious route is no easy feat. I try to make it more accessible to you by telling you where you can buy natural or ethical alternatives for your conventional products. However, it does take more time to find what you want online than it is to go to Target or Wal-mart. Sometimes I wish it were more convenient too, but knowing the reasons why it is convenient (i.e. sweatshops, child labor, cheap chemicals) pushes me to find better alternatives. I’m not going to lie, there have been times where I gave into the convenience and bought items that have chemicals, plastic or were made in sweatshops. I compromised my beliefs several times because I didn’t find an eco-friendly alternative or didn’t want to be a burden to whoever I was with.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m training for the LA Marathon in March and several months ago, I had to buy dri-fit shorts and a top. I searched through all of the eco-friendly athletic wear sites, but didn’t see the specific shorts and shirt I was looking for that were also dri-fit. Since this is my first marathon, I didn’t want to buy just any shirt that didn’t have the same sweat wicking capabilities as dri-fit shirts, which I knew worked well for me. I felt incredibly guilty buying Nike shorts and tank top because not only is Nike notorious for their sweatshops, but also because I felt like a huge hypocrite. Fortunately, this was the only time I bought from a fast fashion store in the past year.
I just wanted to write this letter to you and share that I know it isn’t easy to be more eco-friendly and even though this has become my passion, I still fail often. Every day I learn something new and try my best to be more eco-friendly. In the end, that is all we really can do. Thank you for following along and I hope you stay in touch.