Updated: May 10, 2019
Besides asking yourself if this purchase is going to benefit you, also make sure to ask yourself: who else is benefiting from this purchase?
And most likely your answer is: rich white men.
I’m not trying to be a hater - just stating the unbiased facts. White men comprise the majority of company boardrooms, shareholders, and management teams. So most likely every time you purchase an item from a corporation, you are directly placing dollars into their pockets by increasing company revenue, which will likely lead to stock price appreciation (cue passive income).
A recent study found that 66% of Fortune 500 Company board members were white men (source: Harvard Law School) and in 2017 a study found 93.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs were men and white men represented 72% of people in leadership positions of Fortune 500 Companies surveyed (source: Fortune Magazine).
These board members and management teams have spent years and years perfecting their craft to make their product irresistible to you so to directly line their own pockets.
Don’t fall for it.
Now, I’m not saying that rich white men are the enemy, (some are nice, like my ex boyfriend’s dad) but instead of making them rich(er) let’s focus on making ourselves rich so we can eventually become board members and shareholders - because that requires slush money that can only be saved by not giving away it to rich people.
Have some discretion over what you purchase. You can ask yourself - self: do I need this product? Will this product benefit me and add value to my life? Who made this product? Who else will this purchase benefit or harm, in the case for plastics or anything pesticide related? Just a few examples.
Then you can make an informed decision if it’s truly ‘worth’ it.