Before you go shopping this consumer-crazed holiday season, ask yourself these ten questions:
- Is this product manufactured with planned obsolescence in mind? Is it doomed to fall apart or become obsolete sooner than it should?
- Was this product manufactured in an ethical work setting?
- Can this product be mended or repaired, or will it have to be thrown away?
- Will this product better the life of the gift recipient, or will it simply clutter up their life?
- Can I buy this same or similar item from a locally owned retailer?
- Is the packaging excessive?
- Can this gift be replaced by an edible treat?
- Is there something I already own that would make a good gift for this person?
- Will this gift be appreciated and valued, or simply set aside?
- Can I choose an experiential gift instead of this thing?
When we ask ourselves these questions, we increase the value of our gift exchanges. Not just monetarily, but as a way to better the lives of our loved ones and the people who manufacture our consumer goods.
Have a peaceful holiday season, and may all your purchases be thoughtful and deliberate.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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