We went shopping in a Primark today, not an experience I’ve had before. It was packed. At least that’s what I thought. I overheard two of the shop assistants talking, apparently said the more experienced of the two, this was a quiet day. It’s kinda unsuprising after the Primark Riot.
While Rosemarie and I rarely splurge on clothes, I would say the select was pretty decent and the prices are very low. I guess that’s where the problem lies. To me I enjoy a cost saving while getting some new clothes because my others have worn out. It seems like many people see the reduction in price as a reason to buy more. While I understand the consumer culture somewhat, being the typical geeky gadget whore, I can’t say I like it. Especially when basics like clothes become almost disposable.
I wonder at the culture that a store like Primark brings and it makes me think of why I became vegan. I don’t object to the consumption of meat. What I object to is the culture which insists on the over-consumption of meat so strongly that it is necessary to have factory farms. These places where living, feeling creatures are treated with the indifference of commodity to be handled to maximise yield. Gone are notions of quality and ethics, only the ability to produce the most (marginally) acceptable goods at the lowest price matters.
While I don’t expect everyone to become a Vegan, think about shops like Primark and ask yourselves if you want to create a dirty disposable world with poorly paid labourers. I don’t, and I’m not sure how much longer I will shop at Primark.