melbourne vegan

Jaclyn McCosker

Blogger, social entrepreneur & freelance copywriter

Australia

My Last 5 Purchases

My Last 5 Purchases

This is one of the more terrifying things a person can do. Choosing a random day, stopping and publicly admitting the last 5 non-food purchases they’ve made and why they made them. Will they stand up to my own shopping rules as outlined here? Here we go!

  1. Tamara Kenneally Photography print
    Tamara Kenneally is a renowned photographer who exposes the truth of livestock treatment. She sells her prints to fundraise for her animal refuge Lefty’s Place. I was brought to tears by a print of Scully, whose story you can read about here. It was an impulse buy, but when you’re that deeply moved and the funds go to something you believe in, do you have much choice but to act? You can support the cause yourself here: www.etsy.com/shop/TamaraKenneallyPhoto.

    Justified purchase? = YES.
  2. Yoga mat
    This is something I’d been wanting for months, and finally felt financially sound enough to justify at $12 from Target. It will be used semi-daily for the 7 Minute Workout App, yoga or Pilates. No brainer!

    Justified purchase? = YES.

  3. Lush toothy tabs
    We’d completely run out of toothpaste, and these are palm oil free, plastic free, totally vegan and the packaging is recyclable. This was definitely a necessity.

    Justified purchase? = YES.

  4. Book
    Another impulse buy. After discovering his TEDx Talk, I was moved to purchase Mark Boyle’s The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living for $15 from BookDepository. There are a few issues here, because I ordered a physical copy of something I could have digitised, and I ordered it from overseas which means I’ve unnecessarily contributed to pollution and resource waste. The reason I did that however, was so I could share the book with my boyfriend and others. I reasoned that the lessons in minimalism and frugality I (and others) would learn would ultimately outweigh the resources used in producing the book. Yet the harder you need to justify buying something, the less likely it is that you needed it.

    Justified purchase = NO.

  5. 2x Hemp reusable sanitary pads
    My last two ended up in the dryer, tangled in sheets. They came out very cute, I could fit them on my finger. Cute, but also completely useless. This was definitely a necessary purchase.

    Justified purchase = YES.

All in all, I’ve largely lived up to my own rules. My last 5 purchases were things that should enrich my eco lifestyle rather than simply add clutter to my life, and 4 out of 5 came from ethical companies I’m happy to support.

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