12 Items With “Hidden Costs” You Should Stop Buying in 2021


Mined diamonds

Diamonds might be forever, but they sure don’t come cheap and can take a serious toll on anyone’s budget. Not to mention the significant detrimental impact on the environment. According to the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security, for every carat of mined diamond, around 100 square feet of land is affected, leading to soil erosion, deforestation, and ecosystem destruction, and more than 5798 pounds of mineral waste is left behind.

The better option? Lab-created diamonds. Apart from not destroying your budget, knowing that you didn’t buy a “blood” diamond mined by people working in dangerous and unhealthy conditions, will make you feel much better about yourself. Besides, few people, if any, will be able to distinguish between a natural and a synthetic diamond.

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