Week 3 of the Be Green Challenge
I've been paying more attention to all my purchases. I'm even trying to save on my groceries. I started buying in bulk at Costco. I don't know how well that'll turn out because I cant finish the food before the expiration dates. If I don't, then I'll be wasting and losing even more money. I'm trying to get my housemates to help out finishing all the food.
I realized that me buying so much food is also a form of consumerism. I'm buying more than I need. Maybe it is to compensate for my lack of shopping for things that are not necessities. The idea of spending just to spend. Although we are allowed to purchase clothing and other things material things second hand, I've been too lazy to do so. I have went thrift shopping before. it was overwhelming and I tend to get impatient while shopping. I just want to go in and grab what I need. My first experience didn't leave me with a great impression. The store was super big and it must have been hard to organize all the merchandise from men, women, and children's clothing to shoes and toys, electronics, and kitchenware.
I don't have an urge to go back. Maybe I just have to get used to the idea of wearing something someone else (a stranger) have worn before. As of now, I would rather buy something cheap that is new than a brand name that is second hand. However, since starting the challenge, I've been doing more research on alternative ways to buy clothes or electronics, such as through the Facebook page for UCD students: Clothing and Accessories for Sale. At least for this, there is active bargaining and I know who's clothing I am buying. I also registered for the Stride for Aggie Pride 5k run and I had to pay $7.00...does that violate the terms of agreement?
I think my mindset and favor of buying everything brand new stemmed from my mom. Growing up, my mom never shopped much other than for necessities and groceries. However, when she does, she tends to buy the same styled shirts in different colors and they weren't the cheapest shirts either....But she also wears them for quite awhile. She stressed buying something new because she rarely shops and when she does, it's like a treat.
For this blog, I am going to focus on the Abercrombie article: Abercrombie and Glitch: Asian Americans rip retailer for stereotypes on T-shirts. I chose this article because I remembered seeing a shirt back in San Francisco Chinatown that said Got Rice? I didn't think much of it, but this article made me think of it again. I know that for some people, Abercrombie's to put this shirt on the shelves was foolish and a conscious attempt to be offensive, racist, and to stereotype.
"We personally thought Asians would love this T-shirt," said Hampton Carney