Hippies can make a powerful statement with the things that they choose to spend their money on. The following things are either terrible for the environment, bad for you, made by large, faceless corporations, or all of the above. What all of these things have in common is that they are all things that no hippie should ever buy.
Bottled water is a horrible thing. For one thing, no one should ever have to pay for water. The trend of buying bottled water is horrible for the environment and it needs to be stopped. Buying bottled water enables corporations to buy up water for cheap and then sell it back to you at a way overinflated price. The only way that we can stop this inhumane practice is by refusing to purchase bottled water. If enough people boycott bottled water, then these corporations will have no choice but to stop producing it.
Processed foods are terrible for a number of reasons, but the two main reasons are because they are bad for you and they are bad for the environment. They also taste pretty gross. Processed foods are made with chemicals and preservatives, which may give them a longer shelf life, but will probably shorten yours. Processed foods also come with tons of packaging so that they can be transported to different supermarkets across the country. This packaging then ends up clogging up landfills everywhere. No hippie should ever buy processed foods.
Keurig machines were very popular for a few years, and now seem to be on their way out. If, you’re not aware of what a Keurig is, it’s a type of coffee machine that uses little plastic cups that are pre-filled with ground coffee or tea. They are very convenient, but also horribly wasteful because you toss out the cup after your cup is made. No hippie should ever buy one of these; if you love coffee, you should just use a regular coffee machine.
Bleached Coffee Filters
While we are on the subject of coffee, no hippie should ever buy bleached coffee filters. I’ve been using the unbleached ones made from recycled paper for years, and I’ve never noticed a difference in the taste of my coffee. Honestly, you shouldn’t buy anything that’s been bleached, like bleached flour.
Anything Made From PVC
PVC is made from a toxic chemical that is known to be a carcinogen. While PVC is most commonly used for construction purposes, it is also used to make many common household items, even children’s toys. Things made from PVC are typically labeled, so make sure that you are checking the labels on things before you buy them.
No hippie should ever buy plastic utensils like forks, knives, spoons, and even sporks. Yeah, I know they make it so you don’t have to do as many dishes. They are also not biodegradable so the price that you’re paying for convenience actually ends up being quite high. Just wash the knives and forks that you already have.
I hope I don’t need to get into the specifics of why you should never, ever buy styrofoam cups, plates, etc., because we should all be aware of how horrible styrofoam is. Yet restaurants still use styrofoam to-go boxes, and offices still use styrofoam cups for coffee and water. This stuff should be outlawed.
Anything Made From Mahogany
Mahogany is gorgeous wood for sure, but it looks so much prettier on living trees, than in your study. Every year, tons of mahogany trees are cut down from the Amazon rainforest. You should only ever buy things made from wood that have been certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
No hippie should ever buy chemical pesticides like Round-Up, or anything manufactured by Monsanto. First of all, they are an evil corporation who are not only destroying the environment, they are slowly killing the livelihood of family farmers. Secondly, why would you eat food that has been sprayed with something you wouldn’t want to eat? There are plenty of ways that you can make your own organic pesticides, made from all natural ingredients instead of toxic chemicals. Your garden will thank you.
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