Bringing Bohemian Glamour from Decadent Decades Past!
Ethical & Glamour…. a juxtaposition of words! … Not two words you would necessarily put next to each other are they? Well why not?
I would say the two words work very well together; in fact as you may be aware, I have proved they work immensely well together here at Mooshy La La!
Just as Ethical works well with Glamour – it also works very well with Consumerism…….
With the annual onslaught of Consumer Mania about to hit us, just STOP for a couple of minutes and get things into perspective! Think Ethical Consumerism!!!
“An ‘ethical consumer’ is someone who buys things that are produced ethically. Something that is recycled, products produced without the use of slavery and child labour, or food that is raised organic or free range. The whole point of the ethical consumerism movement is that you ‘know’ what you are buying and that you buy things that are produced ethically because not ‘knowing’ leads to abuse and exploitation.”
Yet!… Every Christmas the masses head for the City Centre & Retail parks, sit in traffic jams, push through crowds of people grabbing at anything, they think may sell out,… stand in long queues to “Pay Here” –They are spending their hard earned cash & (maxing their credit cards) in these huge conglomerates who then send that money to their offshore banks making the shareholders richer & richer and we wonder why oh why is there such a gap in the local economy??????? I’m sorry but the thought of that really makes me want to hyperventilate ……
Every Christmas the masses head for the City Centre & Retail parks
I know in this world of Mass Consumerism, its a big ‘Ask’ to expect everyone at Christmastime to boycott big stores & supermarkets, let’s face that will never happen, but just slow down ……Think! Think!!
We all know that an astronomical amount of money is spent nationally at Christmas, (we only have to view our own January bank statement, to see with horror how much cash we get through ourselves) but is it all worth it? I certainly don’t mean is Christmas worth it, because I love Christmas, I still get goosebumps when I see all the lights & the festive displays, but I hate the fact that every time I go into the shops, during the festive season, I am being manipulated & coerced into spending more & more money by these aggressive marketing campaigns – yes the M&S ads are wonderful, even Aldi & Lidl have it nailed now …& …Oh! How we all anticipated what tear jerking epic John Lewis will bring to our TV screens this year. Well for £7 million did you think 2016’s boxer dog/trampoline advert lived up to expectations?
I’ve made my views perfectly clear about my abhorrence of mass consumerism, and ‘Black Friday’ epitomized this!!!! This vile import from the USA brought out the greed and avarice of so many fools who fell for the grim marketing techniques of the huge global retailers.
It really is time to rethink the way we shop! Just remember it doesn’t have to be expensive to be original! It just takes a bit of thought!
On that point I want you to think of all the small independent businesses, the small producers, the designers, the craftspeople, the artists, the vintage & antique shops …there are plenty & I mean plenty! Some magnificent Independent shops & businesses in Liverpool (& I don’t just mean Liverpool City Centre ….on your DOORSTEP!) Remember these little shops are here all year round paying rising overheads 52 weeks a year, they really do need your support otherwise they cannot survive – 70% of small businesses are owned and operated by one self employed person – When you support small business you are supporting a dream!
(Some Christmas gift ideas from Mooshy La La)
Just remember when you spend local it stays local, your money doesn’t get siphoned off to offshore accounts, it doesn’t go into the pockets of the ‘Non-Doms’ it goes to put food on the table of local people & keeps independent restaurants & bakers & butchers & boutiques & hairdressers on your high street, it gives local people jobs !!!
So this year keep the REAL spirit of Christmas alive…
Shop independent, shop local, & shop ETHICAL
“You can’t buy happiness; but you can buy Local; which is kinda the same!”