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 EverydayAbolitionist.com to share what answers I find to the question: How do I shop like an abolitionist?