Days 2, 3, and 4 of my new anti-corporate lifestyle have been mostly easy and fun with just one slip-up that I’ll divulge below. I don’t know about you, but for me the past few days have been an intense whirlwind as the Republican-backed tax bill narrowly passed the Senate, paving the way for significant tax cuts for wealthy individuals and businesses. In the face of this fact, I find that the timing of starting this blog couldn’t be more perfect, and the oppressive political and economic environment in which we live, all the more inspiring for me to fight it by proceeding on my anti-corporate journey.
In the evening, I attended a fundraising party for 734 Coffee – a D.C.-based company that uses its profits to fund education efforts for South Sudanese refugees living in the Gambela region of Ethiopia. If you’re looking to replace Starbucks, or your mass-produced-coffee-brand-of-choice- then this is it!
The event took place at Bar Deco in D.C. and it was a great night of dancing with friends while sipping the Divinita Cabernet Savignon from Italy. I mindfully avoided big-name liquor companies such as Svedka (owned by Constellation Brands) that are most often owned by large, international conglomerates and mass-produce their alcohol on an enormous scale*. Otherwise, I munched on their tacos, and purchased $20 of raffle tickets in support of the cause.
In the morning, I grabbed breakfast and a coffee at one of my favorite local, neighborhood spots – Capital City Cheesecake in Takoma Park, M.D. This bakery is owned and managed by two sisters who provide delicious breakfast-all-day and sandwiches, along with scrumptious mini (and full size upon special order) cheesecakes. The restaurant itself is warm, inviting, and very family-friendly. I always feel really great spending my money here since I know that the revenue not only stays in the community, but also supports local jobs and markets. Panera Bread got nothing on them!
Confession time. I’m not proud, however, I’ll cut myself a bit of slack given that when it comes to fueling a car, the market is essentially monopolized and controlled by the oil oligarchs of our time: Shell, Exxon-Mobil, and BP**. So, yes, I bought gas from one of the mega-corporations that I adamantly despise. Unfortunately, the existing alternatives: Tesla or powering a car using vegetable oil were unavailable to me at the time, and I was left with no choice in the matter (insert loud scream here). I definitely foresee transportation and travel being problematic in the future, as I love to travel, but small, locally-owned options are either cost-prohibitive or near-impossible to find. I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it though and see what I can do.
I ended my Saturday with a refreshing iced tea from Sweetgreen. I love this company for their affordable, healthy, and environmentally-friendly options. Their very mission is to:
“inspire healthier communities by connecting people to real food. We know that sweetgreen is a critical link between growers and consumers, and we feel a responsibility to protect the future of real food. To that end, we’re committed to supporting small and mid-size growers who are farming sustainably, to creating transparency around what’s in your food and where it came from, and to creating more accessibility to healthy, real food for more people.”
Furthermore, they are independently-owned and operated, so, with that in mind, I feel comfortable and confident in spending money on their food and drinks.
Today, I’m staying home all day and not spending a cent. Imagine all of the time and money we would save as a society if our lives centered around relationships and activities/hobbies we enjoy instead of being consumed with consuming? It’s been absolutely exhilarating to remove myself from the hamster wheel of spending on cheap goods and cheap foods, and instead focus on de-cluttering my home and mind to make space for the things that I really love and value.
*Stay tuned for a post on anti-corporate alcohol.
**For more information on how it got to be this way, check out The Corbett Report: “How Big Oil Conquered the World”.