It’s the last article of a series in that I wanted to show that big stores and big brands are a problem for society’s, communities, our environment and mainly for us as human beings.

I’m sure it would be good if we’d boycott big stores and big brands.

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Problems

– Probably there are things that today you can buy only in big stores or you’d find it very far from your home. But such things can be an idea for your own business!

– People selling on local markets often have the same suppliers as big shops.

– Even if they sell their own food, it’s common that small farmers use more chemicals than big producers.

Local markets doesn’t mean more conscious people. In my country for example sellers on the market pack everything into plastic bags. Sometimes despite my request not to do it. They don’t want to waste time to wait for me to pack the food into my cotton bag. Because there is a queue of other customers!

– Buying in places from your map is less comfortable than going to one shop for everything. Buying on a market in less comfortable than in a big shop.

Anti-consumerism – books:

To be more conscious in the subject of anti-consumerism I recommend you to read:

Naomi Klein, No logo – a cultural manifesto for the critics of unfettered capitalism worldwide. A story of rebellion and self-determination in the face of our new branded world.

Naomi Klein, This changes everything. Capitalism vs. the climate – a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. Either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world.

E. Benjamin Skinner, A crime so monstrous: face-to-face with modern-day slavery – after spending four years visiting a dozen countries where slavery flourishes, Skinner tells the story, in gripping narrative style, of individuals who live in slavery, those who have escaped from bondage, those who own or traffic in slaves, and the mixed political motives of those who seek to combat the crime.

Here you’ll find the list of all important for me books that have been changing me.

To watch:

Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff

Other videos by Story of Stuff Project


Read all articles of the series:

Why to boycott big stores and big brands?

How to boycott big stores and big brands?

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