No but seriously…I had a problem. You may have seen some of my previous posts outlining the extent of my ‘shopping issue’. If not, I have included some of those pictures below for your to peruse. Happy judging! Only joking; but I get it, there’s a lot there.
Needless to say, I had a problem. One of my goals for 2013 was to donate to a charity organisation Made in a Free World. After discovering I had 60 slaves working for me to support my lifestyle, I delved a bit deeper to understand what the modern day term ‘slave’ meant; and to my discovery, yes, it refereed to the forced labour, selling, abuse and exploitation of people, especially children.
Some people probably envision the pre-industrial slave times, (slaves shackled and cotton picking in the fields) and believe we have come a far way since those times. We haven’t. If anything it’s worse. With our access to information to bring awareness, you would think these issues would be abolished from society. They haven’t. With the increase of capatilsim and consumerism, these issues have only been exploited more. But am I not here to preach or write a history essay on this; just merely wanted to point out that the word ‘slave’ today, still has similar connotations as it did once before.
So for me, I started my little journey of awareness, but also a mission to raise funds to support the organisations attempting to raise awareness and abolish these practices.
I wanted to give you an idea of where I started, where I came from…and how I am trying to improve my actions for the better. We aren’t all perfect and I dare not be. But I can definitely try to, at the least, take a conscious effort going forward in supporting the right brands.