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How To Shop Consciously In Graceville

Friday May 25, 2018 ● By Georgina Auton // Place Graceville


Onegirlstudio is a stunning shop situated near the Graceville Fiveways. It has amazing, one-of-a-kind pieces that you likely won’t find anywhere else. 

Lijean Beier opened Onegirlstudio in 2015.

“It was apparent that we were lacking in independent retail compared to other cities, and that artisan-made wares were largely not represented in mainstream retail,” Lijean says.

Because of this, Lijean is passionate about inspiring people to shop consciously.

She says many consumers aren’t mindful of the power they hold with their spending choices to shop consciously.

“Every dollar spent can be considered a vote for the kind of world you want to live in,” Lijean says.

Today, Lijean gives us four easy tips on shopping consciously.


Tip 1: Shop Local

Lijean says this tip is very easy. All you need to do is spend money near to where your house is.

“This helps keep your neighbourhood vibrant and flourishing, which is good for everyone.”

Lijean says this can also mean purchasing ‘Made in Australia’ and locally made products, as this is an investment in our collective futures.

Tip 2: Shop Small and Independant

Similar to the first tip, it’s great to be able to shop at smaller stores instead of larger chain stores if you have that option.

“Small and independent businesses are the most dynamic and exciting sector in the Australian economy and a healthy small business sector is vital for high employment opportunities,” Lijean says.

When you can, shop small.

Tip 3: Ask Where Your Stuff is Made

Lijean says that fair-trade should be the norm.

“No humans should get hurt or exploited in their workplace,” Lijean says.

To ensure you’re shopping ethically, you can read packaging (if there is any) or ask the shop owner or employee if they know where the product is made or designed.

Tip 4: Decline Packaging

Sometimes it’s impossible to decline packaging, but every little bit helps.

Where possible, decline packaging or bringing your own bag will help our environment.

This point is particularly relevant with the plastic bag ban coming into effect at the beginning of July, so it’d a good idea to start practicing bringing your own bags now!