As you are reading this post, perhaps you are at home on your desktop, on the train on your iPad, or maybe even at work (shhh, we won’t tell) on your smart phone. Being the multi-tasking society that we have become, stop to think about what else you are interacting with. Are you snacking while reading? Did you just slather your favorite concoction on the sunburn you got on vacation? Are you wearing your favorite loungy summer cardigan or wrapped in your go-to pashmina? Have you ever stopped to think where these items are made? Who makes them? What is their story?
A couple of weeks ago I featured a fabulous shop called Fait ici out of Montreal. They are a wonderful corner shop that carries a range of items and foods all produced locally. In the last few years I have become highly aware of the origins of the foods I consume. So taking a moment to reflect on the food topic was not a big leap. However then I started thinking, what about everything else? What is really in my beauty products? What is really in the fibers and finishing agents of my clothing, children’s items, home furnishings? What is the human factor in the production of all of these things?
In my view, this is why the support of local brick and mortars is so very important. I think of the owners of these shops as the experts on all of these questions. In a way they act as our “agents” and source the items that we value. These owners (courageous people in today’s world) are in turn supporting the fair-trade coffee growers, the organic farmers, and the artisans who support local communities by employing local craftswomen.
Now, believe me. I am not trying to give the impression that I wear a halo. You will find me from time to time strolling (okay, really running as fast I can) down the aisles of a big box store. However, I can say for sure you won’t find me purchasing my produce just anywhere. My point is if I can put so much care into my food choices, I can certainly extend the gesture to the other items in my life as well. It really just takes a moment to be aware of the fact that there is a choice. Often alternative choice is just as convenient.
I have passed a little apothecary many times. Today with a natural remedies book in hand, I will venture in. I am choosing to know where my lotions and potions really come from. I am quite excited about it really. It like a whole new adventure. Who knows? This life surface designer. Next life, medicine woman?
So I pose this question to you this Wednesday regarding the origins, content and human factor of your food and items…
Do you know? Is it important to you to know?