With this in mind, it’s important to remember to have empathy toward yourself when striving to make the most ethical purchase under an exploitative capitalist system. To take sustainability as an example, nothing has zero environmental impact so starting with making changes within your reach that will have the most impact (like buying thrifted) is a way to move through feeling discouraged. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to what a good shopper looks like and factoring in financial and personal restraints is imperative into not shaming those around you. After all, more than 70 percent of global emissions come from just 100 companies and many have argued that this means billionaires are the leading cause of climate change.

Shopping Sustainably

There are many layers to the environmental and climate impact that clothing and textile production have, including overconsumption,…

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