At dignify, we’ve discovered that when someone buys one of our ethical goods, like a kantha blanket, they seem to love it more and more after they’ve purchased it. We think this delight is the satisfaction of money well spent: the joy of discovering that you’ve purchased something that was worth its value, and further, that it has impacted the world & people in it for good.
It would be excellent if all of the products I use, the clothes I wear, the gifts I buy, the food I eat, could be sourced thoughtfully, crafted with care, made of lasting quality, created by people who are treated well and thriving in their work. I wish it were so!
If this were my reality, I would never need to think about my purchases and the trail of my money. But, it certainly is not mine, and my sense is that it isn’t yours, either.
In small & steady ways, figuring it out as we go along.
“Put your money where your mouth is,” says the old cliché. Sounds easy! If you have unlimited resources of time & money. And if you never make compromises.
So let’s get real, because there are far too many tensions in life for it to be that easy. Instead, “Throw out the guilt trips, give up on the jargon, and look in the mirror.”* Or, rather, look in the wallet!
Our purchases are integral to our life – one of the most regular, persistent spheres of our influence. Let’s go forward together, exploring the tensions, trying to do a little bit better, be a little bit more thoughtful, & bring a little bit more flourishing to the world, one purchase at a time!
*A quote from Berlin Reed, "The Ethical Butcher",
a champion of thoughtfulness in eating
I shared on Instagram recently a post that Gretchen Rubin had written (taking concepts from her book, The Happiness Project), entitled,
I've written a lot over the years about spending wisely, thoughtfully, holding back, slowing down, and really considering, "Do I want to spend money on this [insert item, service, etc. here]?" I still think that this line of thinking is crucial — a necessary counter to the bombardment of our culture towards buy-buy-buy.
But, Gretchen was tackling the question from a different angle: yes, being thoughtful; but, actually with a focus on the positives of actually spending the money.
7 years after starting dignify... I have booked a trip to travel to Bangladesh for the first time. I am excited & apprehensive, and while I won't be public about dates (it is sometime in the coming 6 months), I want to share some details of the journey (and my process of getting this trip going) with you.
[Emily Teo Guest Post]
I’m sitting at a coffee kiosk at the Jardim de Estrela in Lisbon, Portugal as I write this. I’m nibbling on a pasteis de nata, a traditional custard tart pastry; my children are playing a few yards away at a giant climbing structure; I hear my son speak in French to some other children, presumably from France. My family and I are on a month-long summer vacation, travelling around Portugal. We started in Porto, then flew to Sao Miguel in the Azores, and now settled in Lisbon.