It’s interesting to think about the compromised we make all the time. We can’t afford to live the life we would like to. I would love to be able to shop ethically all the time but I just can’t afford to. So we make our stand where we choose, sometimes in quite arbitrary places – but I believe it is better to do something rather than nothing. For example I would love to buy more ethically made clothes, but they are just too expensive for us (we don’t have a high income – neither of us needs to be paying back our student loans currently!). So when the kids were young I made a decision that once a year I would buy each child something from Bishipton Trading. Not ideal but better than nothing in my mind.
Other areas where we take our stand are on buying fair-trade tea, coffee and cocoa, we can’t buy fairtrade everything but we can afford this, so we had thought that tea and coffee were out of the question this week but Sainsbury’s do quite a lot of fairtrade value items – their value tea is fairtrade and only costs 27p for a packet of 80 bags so we could afford this. If you are interested they do great value instant hot chocolate and their value ground coffee isn’t bad (and all fair trade) – but all too expensive for this week!
We also like to buy free-range eggs – preferable from the garden of one of our good friends. This week we opted for Sainsbury’s value eggs which get a Freedom Food box of 18 eggs for £2.10 and will probably use about 8-10 eggs (Blogger Jax Blunt probably rightly criticises this approach of buying in larger amounts and breaking down the unit price as unrealistic – but we decided to do it based on what we used each day rather than actually spend £25 cash – partly i just couldn’t bear the though of buying/chucking out stuff unnecessarily – but the eggs were just to reduce the unit price). We are unsure looking at the info whether free-range or Freedom Food would be the better label on the eggs tbh. they are definitely better bought from friends gardens!
The cheapest sugar I could find was fairtrade so no ethical dilemma there!