It’s Not In My Budget

“I can’t afford to buy organic, fairtrade or sustainable.” – that’s what people love to say. But what do they actually mean by that?

I understand how when you go to the shop, you have a cheaper and a more expensive option. But – like the economists who should keep us away from crises – shouldn’t we look a bit further than the short-term investment?

I just stumbled over an article by the Good Human who explains how: “Given the fact that cheap goods don’t last long, are easily broken, are potentially full of toxic ingredients, and need to be replaced more often than something that is well-made, well, it’s kind of a no-brainer to spend the extra money on a solid product.

Reality I guess is different. It’s either that we are simply not aware that the cheap option will not last for long or maybe we actually want to shop again soon for a replacement. The latter however would be against the budget explanation given when we are asked why we don’t buy more responsible products.

I know it’s hard to switch off the bargain button which blinks whenever we see those especially cheap products. It’s on us to manually remember how these products are produced in a far away country in conditions which harm both the environment and the people who make them – those who are paying the real price for our good. The Good Human says it nicely: “If something is cheap, there is usually a reason for it being so.”

Switching over to making long-term investments and refusing disposable goods might be a bit hard in the beginning, but once you get going you’ll enjoy seeing your shoes going strong after 2 years and your kitchen utensils moving with you to your next house. You’ll also get better at spotting the right products.

Finding the good quality is something our grandparents and parents knew a lot about. The older generations must find it hard nowadays to find that kind of quality. A quality which does have its price. And yes, money is always an issue but “if you cannot buy green or eco-friendly, buying products made with care and designed to last a lifetime are your next best alternative.” That’s good for both the planet and your budget.

Picture courtesy by ZannaLyons, thanks!

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2 thoughts on “It’s Not In My Budget

  1. So true, and don’t forget places like thrift shops and recycling depots and tip shops where you can buy well made (old) things that were created before built in obsolescence and for a fraction of the price. Learn to make your own “things”. There are plenty of great places online to find out how and don’t buy cheap rubbish. Try to think of ways that you can reuse (or at the very least recycle) the things that you are just about to throw into the rubbish bin. You might not need them now but at some time in the future you just might (like the wire from the fence that we just took down and the plastic tubing used to top water plants that we are now going to store in our shed rather than take to the tip). It doesn’t always cost more…you just have to think smarter rather than harder 🙂

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