Ethical Consumerism

Want to try to live more ethically, or at least be more intentional about the things I do in my every day life. I’ve been slowly trying to do this, but as I begin this transition out of college and into “the real world,” I want to practice holding myself more accountable for my decisions.

In a piece we were assigned for my sociology course titled, “The Forest, the Trees, and the One Thing.” In it, there is much discussion about systems and parts, and how people participate in systems without being parts of them. Part of this piece also touches on how we can kind of dictate how we participate in a system while it’s acting upon us, even if we can’t necessarily separate ourselves from it.

It is with this in mind that I want to embark on this task. Not from a self-righteous standpoint or anything, just simply because I know I am part of a network of people, and if we collectively acted in ways that took others into account, the world could be a better place.

Two places I want to start with this are: clothing and food. I briefly mentioned how I am trying to minimize my wardrobe (and have been for some time), but I want to extend that to getting my clothes from places that treat their workers well, and that use materials that aren’t harmful or processes that are sustainable. The same goes for my food. Part of these thoughts stem from reading “Where Am I Wearing?” back in high school (I was gifted this book by my AP Human Geography teacher – she was so nice), and I was also given “Where Am I Eating?” by the same author at the conclusion of the year.

Do you all know of any grocery stores or places that sell food that is ethically sources? Both from animals and the workers? I tried looking this up but only found articles and lists that takes about the food itself…nothing about the people that harvest or raise it.

Well, these are just some thoughts. I’m always caught in this bind though because cost factors into things for me personally (broke + in college + limited transportation etc), but I do want to try to exercise good karma including the things I place in and on my body.

Enough rambling though!


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Guest Post| 3 Winter Habits that Will Put Your Healthy Skin at Risk

3 Winter Habits that Will Put Your Healthy Skin at Risk by Lisa Haiden


Winter is a great period to finally relax and spend some time with friends and family. With all of the things going on, it can be easy to neglect your skin. Taking care of your skin during the winter is very important because the weather becomes very dry. The freezing cold and the loss of humidity would encourage your skin to crack and this can cause long term damage.

There are a few habits that can put your skin at risk during the winter. In this article, we will be going over 3 most important winter routines that can cause bad skin during the cold season.


1. Sticking to One Skin Care Product – Bad Winter Skincare Routine

“If it works, stick with it”. While this is one rule that works lots of cases, during the winter is not a good practice. As the weather changes it is very important for you to change your skin care routine accordingly. The regimen you use during the summer will definitely not work during the winter. As the weather gets colder, you will need products that can supply your skin with more moisture than ever. This means that your lotions and exfoliating creams should be especially dedicated to the winter weather. Remember: even if you are using one of the top face creams on the market, it may not work great on your skin when cold days arrive!


2. Taking Long Hot Showers or Baths – Bad Winter Skincare Routine

Very few things feel better than warm water on your skin in the winter. Even though it may feel very good, you may be doing your skin a lot more harm than good. Hot water is good for giving the body a jolt of energy in the morning, but taking longer than normal showers in the bathroom can do damage on your skin. It rids your skin of its natural oil, and makes it extremely dehydrated. Try to take shorter showers, and make use of hydrating bath gels and facial oils in order to bring moisture. You should also apply proper lotion on your skin immediately afterwards and this is when your skin absorbs it the most.


3. Overloading Your Skin with Petroleum Jelly – Bad Winter Skincare Routine

Heaping on the Vaseline during the winter seems like everyone’s go to when the weather is cold. It feels like good relief when the weather is bad, but you just may be doing your skin more harm than good. Applying a lot of gel on your skin can dry it out so it is better to make use of creamy moisturizers in the winter. They will protect your skin much better than petroleum jelly because they aren’t so harsh.

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