I'm still asking... and I wanted to update the questions from that post to encourage me and you to shop like Jesus.
Before you shop, ask yourself:
- Do I need it? Can I do without it? Do I already have it? If you answer these questions honestly, you won't have to answer the rest of this list as often as you think.
- Can I make it myself? Can I buy it used? Can I upgrade or repair something I own rather than buying it?
- Is it made in the USA or another developed country? Or is it Fair Trade?
- Is it produced by a company that is at least claiming ethical labor and/or buying practices? Many companies make some sort of statement on their website.
- Is it produced by a company that has known cases of unethical labor and/or buying practices? A few Google searches normally turns up any poor standards or practices.
- Is it quality? Will it last a long time or will you be buying another piece of junk in less than two years?
Last but not least, I'm looking for a web site that lets you search for an answer to the second set of questions above. I'm picturing the ability to type in a product or company and receive results concerning their labor practices, raw material purchases, etc. Do you know of any?