Ethical living may have been a concept you’ve seen talked about on social media, as an encompassing term for a whole range of different eco-friendly and people-friendly practices. From choosing to shop second-hand to buying food from sustainable sources, there are many different forms of ethical living. For a more complete definition, Ethical Unicorn has it covered.
If you’re a beginner to the world of ethical living, these five reasons can give you a quick crash course into why exactly you might want to give it a try.
It’s better for the environment
Choosing ethical brands when it comes to your purchases, whether it’s dish soap or dresses, washing tablets or cleaning products, can make all the difference to your impact on the environment. If you’re choosing companies that actively recycle, or create products from recycled materials, you’re one step closer to living a less impactful life that’s more beneficial to the environment as a whole by choosing ethical options for anything from Christmas trees to coffee cups.
It’s better for human and animal rights
Ethical doesn’t just mean friendly to the environment – it can also mean brands that are committed to supporting both local business or small-scale industries, that may cost more but also have far less impact both on human rights through the use of well-paid labour as well as animal rights through the use of non-animal based products and items. Debenhams, for example, supports responsible and ethical shopping by being openly against the use of fur, as well as animal testing on all their products.
It supports the right kind of business
As we touched on above, ethical shopping isn’t just about picking the business that does one thing right. It’s about choosing companies that fall into line with your personal beliefs, whether it’s the use of entirely vegan products for skincare or beauty purposes, or the choice to only wear clothing that’s second-hand or produced by local makers, as opposed to global brands. How you choose to live ethically is up to you, but there are plenty of options out there to choose from.
It’s more sustainable
Choosing brands and businesses that are more sustainable is an excellent way to both support more green practices and take less away from the earth. If you’re serious about being more intentional in your day-to-day living, especially when it comes to usually disposable items like kitchen products or single-used beauty items, then going ethical can prevent that level of waste, and prove your commitment to responsibility.
It’s a new form of self-care
Self-care may be a buzzword at the moment, but it comes in many more forms than bath bombs and face masks. Living ethically is a form of self-care in that it gives you purpose and a drive to succeed at something; which can lead to a great sense of accomplishment when it comes to lessening your impact on the planet and those around you. That feeling just isn’t something you can get from unethical brands or products.
Do you live ethically? If you’re planning to introduce ethical elements into your lifestyle, these reasons should help give you the boost you need to get started. Small steps are the best way to start, after all.