16 Question Gut Check: Am I an Ethical Shopper?

Before starting any journey it is always good know where you are actually starting.  I am a big fan of making lists of what I need to do in order to accomplish my short and long term goals. Whether you are wanting to learn more about ethical shopping or are seriously thinking of changing your consumption habits (wohoo!), this list of questions is a great place to start.

This list is in no way all encompassing but it is definitely a great start and much more than the typical consumer. Let these questions work for you as a guide

I’ll have you know that after writing these questions, I did the survey myself and several co-workers and none of us were at 100% yeses so there is NO SHAME IN whatever you end up with.

We all have room to grow!


16 Question Gut Check: Am I an Ethical Shopper?


  1. I know what the slow fashion movement is.
  2. I know what the fair trade movement is.
  3. I understand what fair wage means.
  4. I know what ethical fashion/consumerism means.
  5. I follow several ethical or conscious bloggers on social media.
  6. I promote conscious consumerism to my friends and family.
  7. I educate my children on the importance of making mindful purchases
  8. I research where and how most of my products are made before I purchase them.
  9. I frequently shop at brands that sell ethical, fair trade, and/or artisan made products.
  10. More than 50% of my wardrobe and household products are ethically made
  11. I routinely research new products to make sure my purchases are ethical
  12. I keep myself up to date on global issues
  13. I stay up to date on fashion trends and their global impact
  14. I often research the craft behind my favorite handcrafted techniques
  15. I understand the cultural/historical importance of my favorite handcrafted techniques
  16. I always value the technique and craft of a product over the price.


Whew! That wasn’t so hard was it? It may have been eye opening to see what more you could be doing or learning about to officially call yourself an ethical shopper. But fear not! EVERY POST on this blog will help you get one step closer to whatever your goal may be. 🙂

Was there anything that surprised you? Is there something you read up on right after taking the survey? Was there something HUGE I missed? Let me know in the comments!


Happy Shopping!



Author: Brie

Hello there! I'm Brie and I work for a fair trade jewelry brand, and I want to share my knowledge with consumers on all things ethical in fashion. Follow me as I travel to learn about the traditional crafts and modern designs that continue to positively impact communities around the world.

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