What Is Ethical Anyway?Holly By Heart
By Holly by Heart
One of my favourite shops is H&M. Most of my clothes are from charity shops but when I do buy new, it’s from H&M. The reason? It’s cheap and cheerful, and quick and easy. It is the one shop that I’m going to miss when buying ethically. Well, that’s what I though until I stumbled in their ‘conscious’ range.
I was completely taken back when I spotted eco certified deodorant, cardigans made with recycled polyester, various items from organic cotton, lyocell tops and hand wash and creams in recycled packaging. With items reduced to £1.99 the allure is great, but is it ethical?
The issue with the word ethical, is that it is very subjective. It relies on an individual’s own sense of what is right and what matters. A vegan might consider using beeswax unethical whereas someone who is keen to reduce plastic waste may think that beeswax food wrap is fantastic. If food waste is your bug bear, then understanding that wrapping some foods in plastic prolongs shelf life won’t be as much as an issue whilst others will only see the single use plastic.
And the issues seems endless. Food miles, supporting local communities, fair trade, organic, zero waste, carbon footprints, reducing energy use – you have to choose what’s important to you. The issues vary by location and industry. As for H&M? I think you have to applaud them for trying. Amongst the sea of shops on the high street, they stand up and say that some products are more consciously sourced. It’s a step in the right direction for a high street brand and that’s always a good place to start.