Slow down and think about the true cost of ‘cheap’ fast fashion.

“In 1930 the average American woman had nine outfits. 2015, the average American woman had 30.” – Wardrobe Crisis

“fast-fashion” like the junk food of the fashion world, it might look ok for a second, but is long term baaaad. Fast fashion labels rely on people wanting the latest trends now, that will be out of style in a heartbeat.

Find out about the impact of cheap, fast fashion in Wardrobe Crisis, when fashion journalist Clare Press explores the history and ethics behind what we wear.

“Everybody’s buying too many clothes. Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity.” – Dame Vivienne Westwood




WHY BUY NOTHING NEW?

Simply put. We’re using too much stuff.

“We’re living beyond our means – we’re consuming 50% more natural resources than our Earth’s ecosystems can replenish.” – WWF One Planet Living

Looking into the ethics and supply chain of everything can seem overwhelming, so a simple starting place for us, was to buy less and buy second hand.

Extending the life of existing goods (buying second, up-cycling, re-cycling, sharing, swapping etc) maximises the energy and finite resources that goes into our stuff while keeping it from landfill.

If you’re keen to drill down and learn more, there’s a super range of resources out there to help.

Thanks to Choice for some solid solutions:

choice.com.au/home-and-living/household/everyday-items/articles/shopping-ethically-for-sustainability-and-the-environment

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.’ – Mahatma Gandhi




Welcome to the New You

It’s Buy Nothing New Month again.

Congratulations on signing up to LIVING more, shopping less.

You’re part of the global movement of people experiencing the joy of more freedom, more contentedness, more happiness, less stuff, less stress.

And it’s easy. This month, with the exception of essentials (food, hygiene and medicine) all you do, is BUY NOTHING NEW!

NB: Buy Nothing New Month is a conscious, thoughtful approach to buying less, buying well made, buying stuff that’s built to last, rather than cheap, fast throwaway fashion, or stuff that’s make to break (bloody planned obsolescence) headed for landfill. (Remember, new doesn’t equal bad.)

This month you’ll learn to shop less and source whatever you need second hand. So find the best op-shop in town (many are rubbish, so you do need to do your research) or get into online marketplaces for second hand stuff (eBay, Gumtree etc)

You got this.