Ethical Shopper’s Dilemma: Navigating Choices Amidst the Israel-Palestine Conflict

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In an increasingly connected world, the decisions we make about what to buy sometimes have consequences that go beyond the immediate purchase. Many customers are reevaluating their purchases to better reflect their ideals as a result of the international discussions surrounding the Israel-Palestine issue. Here, we look at a few items that are being boycotted because of their ties to the war and provide authentic Malaysian substitutes.

FOOD

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Careful customers in Malaysia are searching for local fast-food options as a result of several foreign fast-food firms coming under fire for allegedly supporting or having ties to Israel. McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, and Taco Bell are just a few of the fast-food chains that have publicly endorsed Israel. These businesses have been among Malaysia’s most effective boycott targets so far. Malaysians may avoid international companies associated with the Israel-Palestine conflict by choosing locally-produced fast food choices that align with their principles. Among the better local options are “Mamak” stands that sell a wide variety of real Malaysian food, such as nasi lemak and roti canai. Not to mention, well-known Malaysian fast-food restaurants like Ramly Burger, OldTown White Coffee, and Marrybrown provide delectable substitutes that go along with conscious consumer choices. People may savour delicious meals and engage in conscientious consumerism by choosing these locally produced choices. 

Picture of a local Ramly burger by The Vulcan Post

MAKEUP

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Consumers are looking for ethical substitutes as a result of criticism directed at several international beauty firms because of their ties to Israel in the cosmetics industry. International businesses, such as L’Oréal, have been subject to criticism for their commercial practises in Israel and have been included in boycott discussions on allegations of complicity in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As a result, Malaysians who enjoy cosmetics are switching to locally produced products that reflect their morals. Due to their dedication to cruelty-free procedures, inclusive formulas, and varied product lines, local firms like Velvet Vanity, Breena Beauty, Elianto, and many more are becoming more well-known. In addition to providing high-quality cosmetics, these Malaysian substitutes provide customers with the freedom to choose items that align with their moral principles. For me, Silkygirl and BeauTyra have always been my favourites since, unlike other Western cosmetics companies, I believe they take into account the many types of Asian skin and the humid conditions in Malaysia when creating their products. 

Silkygirl eyeshadow palette 

CLOTHES

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Consumers are becoming more conscious of the ethical ramifications of the clothes they choose, particularly in light of the Israel-Palestine conflict, in the world of fashion. There has been criticism directed at several global apparel companies, like Zara and H&M, for purportedly sourcing materials or running factories in Israel or the disputed territories. In reaction, ethical shoppers are focusing on regional Malaysian companies that guarantee a strong ethical position in addition to providing fashionable and eco-friendly substitutes. With their dedication to fair labour standards, ethical sourcing, and distinctive designs, brands like “Bateeq” and “Poplook” are becoming more and more well-known and giving fashion aficionados an option that is both practical and ethical. In addition to advancing sustainable design, the trend towards assisting regional Malaysian businesses also indicates a rising consciousness of how consumer decisions affect international concerns. Hanya is one of my personal favourite local apparel brands since they sell items that are created from recyclable materials. 

Hanya’s corset top made from recycled materials

HYGIENE CARE

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When it comes to personal hygiene goods, our decisions go beyond what works well for skincare to the principles that the companies we support promote. Customers are now looking for morally-responsible alternatives after certain foreign soap firms came under fire for having ties to Israel. For example, the well-known brand Dove is owned by Unilever, a corporation having connections to the Israeli economy. Malaysians can also choose local products like Tanamera, which is well-known for using eco-friendly and natural components. In addition to being designed to suit a variety of skin types, Tanamera’s soap line demonstrates an ethical and sustainable approach, allowing customers to wash both their bodies and their consciences.

Tanamera Soaps 

Industry trends and business practises can be shaped by consumer decisions. People show their support for one another and demand moral behaviour from companies by refusing to purchase goods linked to the Israel-Palestine conflict. There is a wide variety of locally produced options available in Malaysia, giving customers the chance to support domestic businesses while also having a good influence internationally. Our contribution should include supporting local businesses by using the hashtag #sapotlokal in addition to expressing sympathy for our relatives in Palestine. Seeing what Malaysia has to offer by travelling to different states is another way to help the locals; if that interests you, check out this post

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