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How to be an ethical shopper

What is an ethical shopper? An ethical shopper is someone who looks at how their shopping affects the environment in order to minimize their impact on the environment. They tend to buy from brands and companies that are organic, sustainable, fair-trade, local and make use of worker-friendly factories. Here are a few ways you can begin your journey to becoming a more ethical shopper.

Shop used

Shopping second-hand is a great way to help the environment by promoting the shift to a circular economy. Second-hand shopping is more accessible than you think. For example, you can find second-hand items at thrift stores, second-hand markets, car boot sales, Facebook marketplace, and countless other online platforms.  A few of my favorite online second-hand stores can be found on Instagram, @secondhand_pretoria, and @coveredtitles.

Less is more        

Reducing your consumption might be one of the easiest, yet effective ways to be an ethical shopper. In modern-day society, we are told that we need to keep up to date with the latest fashion trends, brands, and technology. Overconsumption is glamorized in modern-day society. Buying less is the perfect way to help fix that and reduce unnecessary expenditure and negative environmental impacts.


Reusing items you intend to recycle or throw away is a great way to reduce your waste. For instance, you could repurpose jars into cups and/or storage or saving some boxes for future use. There is always a way to repurpose your waste into something practical.

Shop local

Shopping locally has plenty of advantages. Local businesses generally source workers locally and treat workers much better as it is more of a personal relationship. Local businesses provide the most jobs in a local area and are generally more friendly and have superior personal interaction between customers. In other words, you are likely to create a personal connection with the store’s employees.

Make your items last

Whether you refurbish furniture occasionally, recover pillows and couches, or take a few extra minutes to clean and look after shoes, any extra care for your items will extend their lifespan. This will save you money, reduce the number of items thrown away that just needs some repairs, and perhaps bring you satisfaction from cleaning and restoring something to its former glory. There are no drawbacks to it!

I hope this blog was informative and gave you something to think about! Simply changing one aspect of your everyday lifestyle can make a big difference in the long-term. If you would like me to write about any other topics, or have any questions please leave a comment below and we can chat about it.

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