Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored by Thymes but the content and opinions expressed are my own.
One thing I thought a lot about while working as a freelance writer earlier this year was making ethical purchases, and as Christmas draws ever closer the idea of spending money on things that aren't benefiting the environment or the economy can be a little nerve-racking, with my preference for ethical goods in print and all. So, when partnering with Thymes for their #BuyOnePlantOne campaign, I was pretty excited to see that not only are the candles made in the US, but they focus on using plant-based fragrances, and I checked the packing boxes and they're all recycled. In addition to that for every candle you buy, they'll plant a tree. I'll leave one of the tracking codes for the trees at the bottom in case you want to track my tree, or one of them, because I am the proud owner of like 7 new trees. So, all in all I'm super happy to be part of the campaign, and plan to keep my house smelling like Christmas for as long as possible. And pretty much everyone I know is getting American-made candles this year, except the ones I've hijacked for myself, along with the reed diffuser currently warming up my bathroom. Those are staying here.
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So while I'm at it I thought I'd give a quick outline of what to look for when you're getting started with your ethical shopping. I know it can feel overwhelming when you're bargaining over the best Black Friday deals, but I firmly believe you'll be picking up the best gifts if you take a minute to look at the tags and see if you're voting with your dollar to bring changes and sustainability not just to the environment, but for American manufacturing, or Fair-Trade. I think both are good.
1. Source: First thing to look for when picking out a gift is where is it from. If it's from the states, you can be pretty sure that there were ethical labor practices involved and that the people working were given fair wages, and holiday pay, and the things we've gotten used to as American workers. If it's made overseas, look for Fair-Trade, unfortunately most international manufacturing provides less than ideal conditions for its employees. (I could go into the gory details, but I'll spare you.) Granted there are so many good companies trying to change that. All I'm saying is, that you should try and find one to support this holiday season, or opt for American-made.
2. Environmental Impact: So Thymes does their #BuyOnePlantOne where they'll plant a tree for every item you buy from the Northwoods or Limited Collection, which is amazing. Sustainability doesn't only mean recycling but also replenishing, because we all like new things from time to time, but it's important to keep the balance and do good where you can.
3. Materials: So many synthetic materials take an immense amount of water to produce. So, focusing on things that are plant-based or recycled can eliminate this problem. I live in California, the amount of water available is a daily concern, as is clean air, and like I said before maintaining the balance.
4. Quality: Last, but not least, when shopping ethically think about the things that you're breathing in, like fragrance, and the lotion you put on your skin. It's all getting absorbed and it's either helping or hurting you. So, as you go out and do your shopping, think about you skin and respiratory system and avoid synthetics, and opt for natural ingredients instead.
Oh, and you can use that code to go find my tree.