Consumer Morals

29 Jun

I’ve noticed that a lot of people have a strict set of morals concerning consumer goods, including but not limited to cosmetics, food, and clothing. I subsequently realized that I don’t, so here’s my attempt to outline the opinions I do have. This post wasn’t intended to offend anyone, so if you have a different opinion, please be civil about it.

Cosmetics:

As a pet owner, I don’t like the idea of animal testing (cute fluffy bunnies), but from a scientific/medical standpoint we need to test products on either animals or humans. When it’s makeup instead of medicine, I’d prefer to buy from brands that do not test their products on animals. It just doesn’t seem necessary when so many other companies manage without it and so many consumers are staunchly against it.

Food:

Vegetarianism:

I eat meat because it’s a good source of protein and it tastes good, so I’ll never be a vegetarian or a vegan. I can respect people who choose to be vegetarian or vegan for dietary, moral, or religious reasons, but I hate when they throw it back in my face as if I ought to feel the same way. You don’t eat meat because you love animals? That’s completely fine, but please PLEASE don’t try to force that opinion onto me.

Fair Trade:

I’ve noticed that a few products in the grocery store, especially chocolate and coffee, have “fair trade” stickers and explanations of what they mean. I’m not going to go out of my way to buy fair trade products, but they make me feel warm and fuzzy when I do, knowing that someone got a good deal on my milk chocolate.

Reduced Fat/Sugar/etc:

A bit off topic, but why does every fatter, sugary, unhealthy food nowadays have a reduced calorie option? If you’re going to eat something, eat it. Believe me, I’ve been watching my weight for a while (it’s not going anywhere), so I understand the attraction to things that taste good but aren’t bad for you, but craving ice cream and eating nonfat yogurt just doesn’t satisfy. If you can train your taste buds to like granola bars more than cake, I applaud you, but if you’re like the rest of us, reward yourself with a treat once in a while. It’s ok 🙂

Clothing:

Fur. It’s meant to be luxurious, worn as a symbol of glamour and wealth. With so many faux fur alternatives on the clothing market, I don’t believe that there’s any need to kill animals for their fur. It feels wasteful and I wouldn’t personally buy or wear it, but I’m not about to throw tomatoes at someone who feels differently.

Clearly this post proves I’m a bit wishy-washy when it comes to consumer good-related morals. I tend to take the middle road when it comes to these controversies; in general, if what you believe or do doesn’t interfere with the quality of my life or the lives of those I care about, keep marchin’ on.

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