Spoiler alert: I’m still as confused about what to do with fast fashion as I was a couple of months ago. But I’m very happy with my challenge of only purchasing second hand clothing the upcoming year!
Now that I’m two months into it I’ve had the pleasure of gaining some knowledge about awesome ethical brands, as well as some thoughts and experiences. And before I get into the tips I have to share some thoughts with you. Surprisingly enough this whole experience is bringing me a lot of peace – in ways I didn’t expect.
Not having the ability to just head out the door and go buy myself exactly what I suddenly thought I needed, I’m forced to ask myself “do I really need this?”. Do I really want this? Is this new outfit for tonights party really something I need to purchase, or do I already have something in my closet that are totally wearable? Or is it possible for me to borrow an outfit from my friends or my sister, just for tonights event?
I also find myself saving heaps of money this way, as I’m not splurging on items I don’t really need. I’ve also end up getting some clothes second hand, which does the same trick to my wallet. Realising I already have everything I need + seeing my savings account grow = peace of mind and a happy heart.
For the sake of this little blogposts length I’ll save some tips for later, and present to you two things I’ve done thus far to purchase as ethically as possible;
If you haven’t been spending these autumn months under a big fat rock, this is not going to be chocking news to you: I bought some beautiful clothes on a second hand app. In Norway Tise is the place to be if you want to get items that are barely worn, instead of grandmas well worn out knitted underwear (hehe sorriiii but lets be honest most second hand stores in Norway aint typically Berlin- og New York style just yet.)
I bought a much needed winter jacket there, for seriously half the original price, and it looks brand new. I’ve also bought a brand new workout tights, a ski-jacket, a warm sweater and a dress for Christmas. Happi girl / ethical queen + still got money in the bank ?? whatuuup
I got myself a reusable cup from this trending ethical brand! I love it, and I hate it a little bit, but I will tell you about it. It’s a pretty cool brand because they take care of their employees (also the human beings working in the fabric), and its made of no nasty stuff such as BPA and other harmful substances. It’s also a eco friendly alternative because it’s supposed to last you decades, and not be thrown out after a single use. ALSO, my friends, the cup is freaking foldable! So whenever I want to use it I just pop it up in to its full size and drink until I drop, and when I’m done I just smash it into the table and whooohops it’s tiny! Perfect for myself, as I’m intolerant to carry with me more than I really really need. Heavy bags are the worst.
The part that I hate about it is that it gets dusty really easily. It seriously attracts dust. So I feel like I have to wash the outside of the cup every time I want to use it, and that’s a little repellent to me. If you want to get one for yourself I advice you to get a colored one, not white or black – as I reckon it won’t show as much.
So that’s it for my ethical shopping journey this far. But hey, do you want to join me? Or are you already doing something similar? Let me know your tips and tricks! ?