We are immersed in consumer culture and shopping is fun but have you ever thought about where your clothing and homeware comes from; who made it, in what country, under what conditions.
I often wonder how a t-shirt can cost the same about as a large coffee. How can they make a $4 t-shirt, shipped to Australia from China, for so little? How little did they pay the workers? Who picked the cotton, and how much were they paid? What corners did they cut with safety (i.e. exposing workers to pesticides) and the environment (washing carcinogenic dyes into rivers)?
There is also the problem with landfill, if we keep buying goods that only last us a few years or a few months, where do they go?
Goodwood Road has some retailers committed to sustainable shopping whether that be refurbishing fashion from yesteryear or selling handmade, local made, bio-degradable produces.
Waste Not, Want Not sells sustainable gifts, homeware and clothing. You can get bags made from hemp, clothing made from organic cotton or other sustainable fabrics, organic baby wares, candles, gifts and even books.
They also sell organic and eco-friendly cleaning products and a range of organic foods and foods for other dietary needs). .
There are also some Op-shops - or should I say 'Vintage fashion outlets' along Goodwood Road. If you are shopping on a Saturday you can couple a stroll along Goodwood Road with a wander through the Adelaide Farmers Market.
Another great way to buy gifts that give is Oxfam.
Take another look at your Oxfam store next time you are shopping. There are a number of Oxfam stores situated in Westfields. What you'll find is beautifully hand-made objects by Artisans from Africa to India, and when you buy, you support their skills and community.
The prices are usually no more than what you'll pay for your assembly line imitations other homeware and gift stores, but the quality and love in the object is so much more. I love spending time in an Oxfam store and reading the stories of the different objects and where they are from on the cards attached.