When I started buying primarily ethical clothing, I didn't really believe I'd be able to reduce my overall consumption. Shopping was such a huge part of my life and I always wanted the next new thing. But I've been pleasantly surprised with the progress I've made.
When you commit to buying ethically sourced items, you end up spending more time researching and more money per item, which means (theoretically) that your consumption should go down with minimal effort, but it's easy to get caught up in sales or go crazy at the thrift store (something I'm still working on) and end up right where you started, carelessly buying.
It helps me to make a pared down visual representation of what I'm looking for so I can stay focused. This season, I'd love to purchase:
- Zady .02 Top, $36.00 - made from start to finish in the USA
- Mata Traders Summer Romance Dress, $65.00 - organic cotton jersey, fair trade
- Everlane Ankle Wrap Sandal, $118.00 - radically transparent manufacturing
- Pants to Poverty Moulin Ruche Panty, $10.00 - fair trade, organic cotton
- Alternative Apparel Asymmetrical Skirt, $68.00 - sustainable fabric and fair trade guidelines
- Alternative Apparel Tank Top, $46.00 - sustainable fabric and fair trade guidelines
- Storm Candle, $25.00 - ethically sourced, made in USA
There's no possible way I can buy all of this in one season, but I can keep my eye out for sales and similar items.
Are you adding anything to your closet this season?