SHOP WELL: How do I shop like an abolitionist?

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In my previous post: How to be a 21st Century Abolitionist, one of the steps I shared was to SHOP WELL — Using our purchase power to support fair-trade items and companies.  This is a step that I admit I need to work on personally.  I put it off for a long time because I was afraid that shopping like an abolitionist would mean I’d have to make my own hippie-like clothing, give up my iPhone, and never eat chocolate.  Now listen, I want to end slavery and it bothers me to think that things that I have bought have been made, mined or harvested by slaves and children… but avoiding all products with slave labor in their supply chain seems a bit overwhelming.  I seriously can’t sew worth a darn (pun intended), my iPhone is my life, and chocolate? — let’s not even go there.

So aside from becoming a consumer recluse and living off the land — how can I use my purchasing patterns for justice instead of enslavement?  That’s what I’m looking into these days.  So I’m beginning the first ever series on to share what answers I find to the question: How do I shop like an abolitionist?


1: How Do I Shop Like an Abolitionist?

2: Report Card for Your Clothes

3: The Hunt for Fair Trade

4: On Second-Hand Shopping

About nicole5181

I'm thirty (yes I admit it). I'm a single mom working in retail and wanting to find my role in the fight to end modern-day slavery. I'm hopeful that I will.
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6 Responses to SHOP WELL: How do I shop like an abolitionist?

  1. Thanks Nicole 🙂 I’m hitting that 30 mark this year too…I too am trying to figure out how to fight modern-day slavery. It really is such a complex issue. For example, I’d love to support only fair trade and local products when going out to eat, but there are practically no restaurants in my area that support this cause. In those restaurants are employees with families that must support themselves, and we love to go out to eat. We, therefore, compromise by trying to support local restaurants that aren’t chains (not that we never eat at chains…) and always try to give good tips to support the waiter or waitress. I don’t know if that’s best practice or not, but we are trying to do the best we can! Following your blog and hoping to learn more – thanks for supporting this great cause 🙂

    • nicole5181 says:

      Thanks Lily for sharing. I think it’s really hard (impossible maybe?) to buy and eat ONLY fair trade and local products, especially when eating out. I like your compromise. Something else we can consider when eating out is that human trafficking happens in all sorts of places, including restaurants. We can keep our eyes open, ask questions, and if we find anything that makes us think someone is being trafficked we can call the HT hotline, 1-888-3737-888.

  2. Pingback: SHOP WELL: Report card for your clothes. | Everyday Abolitionist

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