Since this past summer and now with shopping at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, I've been thinking of a balance when purchasing that I'm trying to settle in my mind.
I'm finding that it's a weird balance of saving money and supporting companies that are wonderful in so many ways. It's been great the last couple of weeks shopping at TJ's and WF and sticking to our budget. We've eaten great and I know I'm supporting 2 great companies too!
Where I am thinking through this balance (mostly) is with coffee and diapers.
With coffee, I can get some that we like for approximately $5/lb. It's good stuff and I just haven't looked into the company yet (but that's really what I should do next :)). Then, at Whole Foods I can get coffee for approximately $12-13/lb. and support a guy who is helping coffee farmers start and be successful. He is local and sometimes does tastings at the store. He brings pictures of the farmers he has helped get started (before and after pictures of their farms).
So, do I save money to help others (i.e. buy cheaper coffee and put that money toward supporting a compassion kid) or spend a bit more and help this guy help others?
With diapers...in Evee's 2+ years we have gone back and forth between cloth and disposables. The first question in this balancing act is, shouldn't I just be so committed to cloth? But, we spend $2/load (to wash and dry) and it definitely takes more time. Plus I'm hoping to potty training soon (which I've been saying for about a year now!). But, it would be environmentally better and help the earth.
With disposables...I can get a very workable diaper at Target (I'm loving their new brand of stuff, by the way) or I could go with a company that strives to be more environmentally friendly (like Seventh Generation) or the 365 brand at Whole Foods.
Anyway, stuff I've been thinking about. More so with coffee than diapers.