I’m officially influenced. A few weeks ago I started playing with the thought of going on a purchasing-all-my-clothes-second-hand-or-otherwise-sustainable-for-365-days-challenge. The reason being myself slowly realising how many beautiful high quality clothes I could get for a cheap prize on second hand apps. I also knew it was beneficial for our planet, and I’ve not spent the past few years living under a rock; therefor absolutely picked up the conditions of so called sweatshops.

A week into my own challenge, aka tonight, I had the urge to research more about the reasons to shop sustainably. The first thing that popped up in my mind was a documentary I’ve previously been recommended – The True Cost. Watching it was really educational, and I am actually surprised by how much of an impact it left on me. It made me sad, but above all; angry.

After spending the past few hours really upset, I had to discuss it all with my boyfriend to get to the bottom of what actually left me feeling so furious. And here I am, discussing it with you guys too.

Walking on natures catwalk, hehe ?

I’m obviously not very educated on the subject at this point, but what really pushes me over the edge are people who show no sign of empathy. As I’m currently learning about the industrial revolutions in Norway and Europe in school I can see how people claim that sweatshops and poverty are ‘needed’ for countries like Cambodia and Bangladesh to develop their own economy. Since we’ve seen the same thing happening in our country as well during the three different revolutions. But I can’t stand watching people speak about this theory without having empathy for the workers in these factories – which at least one person in the documentary does.

What I’m left feeling is a need to be of use. I desperately want to help, but I actually have no clue where to begin, or what would actually be the way to go to help these people.

What’s the solution? What can I do right now? What can richer countries do to make the process easier and a tad more beautiful in countries that are less developed? What or who is it we need to influence to actually help these people in a sustainable way? Do we, as customers, have to refuse to purchase cheap clothes? Or does the government in these countries have to make their own laws for their factories to be good working places?

I will of course do my own research, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on it as I know many of you are already well educated. Also, whats your favourite way of shopping sustainably?

Anne-Line Erlandsen

Anne-Line Erlandsen, a 28 year old girl from Norway. I'm a certified holistic health coach studying marketing, and with this website I put my ass where my heart wants to be – in writing, self expression and creativity.