Where You Shop Matters
by: Raven Deaira
This is our only home. In 2020, over 3.4 million, yes- million, acres have gone up in flames this year. The most recent cause of a blaze? A smoke bomb used at a gender reveal party.
If this fire has shown us anything, it’s that most of us living on this beautiful Earth fail to consider her or others when we make our decisions. If we had more care for her and other humans, then we wouldn’t have people evacuating their homes, stuck inside for weeks due to poor air quality, and for goodness sakes- we wouldn’t blow up massive smoke generating devices in a dry area all for social media likes and views.
While it may seem as though one person’s choices wouldn’t make that much of a difference… we can clearly see that one person’s choice can make a HUGE impact. We have to step back and realize that even as one person, one family, or one household- our individual choices matter. Choices like:
- Using reusable products instead of disposable plastic
- Recycling and upcycling
- Carpooling and walking more
- Choosing to be eco-friendly and low waste
Those are some of the most common ways people think to change their carbon footprint, however most people don’t realize that clothing and the fast fashion industry is causing alot of environmental harm. This means we need to be conscious of where you shop, spend your money and be aware of where your products are sourced from
Yes, where you shop really does matter because the fashion industry produces 10% of the world's carbon emissions and is the second largest consumer of our water supply. That’s over 79 billion cubic meters of water (that’s 32 million olympic size swimming pools) of water per year. All for clothing to end up unworn, sitting in closets, stores, or the trash. It’s estimated that one garbage truck full of clothing is added to the landfill every second. Every second.
It’s clear that we consume clothing in excess, contributing to pollution of our planet and the terrible fashion industry and slave labor. It’s time to choose to be better.
Here are three ways to do better:
While this isn’t an overnight cure to the damage that’s been done, this is the key to making changes.