Photo by Jon + Moch Photography
As I scrolled through my social media feed and read all of the Earth Day posts, I felt one predominant emotion: overwhelm. I was straight up overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed by all the statistics about how much we pollute and waste. I was overwhelmed by all of the things that I needed start doing to lessen my footprint. I was overwhelmed by all the change that needs to be made in our society.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from having a small batch clothing label and educating women on how to make more fulfilling everyday choices (and working towards those same choices myself) it’s this - fear isn’t going to get you there. Fear isn’t going to empower us to make the change that we want to see in our lives and in our world. This fear driven overwhelm that my IG scrolling produced wasn’t encouraging me to take the next right step in my sustainability journey. In fact, it was causing me to panic and do nothing at all.
So in this post instead of sharing one more thing you should start doing, I’m sharing one thing to stop doing. Stop impulse buying your clothing.
Notice I didn’t say, stop shopping all together and only buy second hand and start sewing all your own clothing. If you want to go all in, there’s nothing stopping you from doing all of those things. But I would argue that starting with only the mindful choice to stop impulse buying your clothing will lead to more sustainable change in your future shopping habits.
Here’s why: I believe in only owning clothing that will actually serve our unique lifestyles. And this means that we need to make mindful choices about what’s going into our closets. Not only does this mean that less will be going in, but it also means that less will be going out because you’ll love wearing what you own. And there is nothing more sustainable than wearing what you already own.
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