"Once we achieve our basic needs being met, we don't get
any happier with more 'stuff'. What makes us happy is
not stuff, what makes us happy are friends, family,
community, being healthy, included and engaged. We
know giving makes us happier than getting. All these
things can't be bought." ANONYMOUS
If you haven’t gotten into FBMP (Facebook Market Place) WHOOOAH.
Get ready for a new, reasonably healthy addiction.
To escape Covid dark times, we would disappear into FBMP looking for free plants, cheap plants anything within 5kms. (For those outside of Melb or Victoria, for what seems like 40 years, we’ve been confined to moving within 5kms of home.)
But FBMP is like the best department store of plants, garden furniture, clothes, household stuff.
With the charity stores being closed to Covid, FBMP has fed our need for a fix.
The massive online market for second hand stuff gives every reason to put second hand first.
eBay is our favourite for top quality clothing. But there’s Depop, vestiairecollective The Real Real.
Dear Tribe, can we blame Covid for us sending the wrong email just now?
Oh how nice to go back to 2016…like a time machine…what would we do differently?
For the Victorians, WELL DONE! We’re at 2 new Covid cases.
And now for the right email…
With Italy’s Covid shutdown providing time to rethink and reset, fashion icon Giorgio Armani Says Fashion Needs To “Do Less And Do It Better” and stop “churning out far too much ill-conceived product that nobody needs.”
“No more winter overcoats being offered in July, or linen dresses in January. Let’s get back in step with nature.”
We really love the bit about “…let’s get back in step with nature…”
Othertimes, there is no sugar coating the s*itstorm of inequality in the cheap fast-fashion industry.
Fast fashion inst just the second biggest polluter in the world, it also uses the cheap and slave-labour of the poor, to make the rich richer.
At the start of Covid, some of the world’s biggest fast fashion brands were refusing to honor their financial obligations to Bangladeshi factories for orders that were completed, but couldn’t ship due to the virus.
Some of the richest in the world were forcing the poorest in the world to wear what should have been their financial burden. Unfair much?
Enter the power of the hashtag.
Advocacy nonprofit group Remake created #PayUp campaign exposing the brands cancelling and or not paying for their orders, leaving a pile of crap clothes and financial devastation for the Bangladeshi workers who had already fulfilled their side of the deal.
#payup saw billions owed being rightly paid to the Bangladeshi workers.
Remake’s ongoing mission is to see the fashion industry commit to liveable wages and social protections for garment makers so that mostly (young) women who make our clothes get paid fairly for their valuable work.
How we can create a fair world:
1: Understanding people that make cheap fast fashion are usually working in unsafe conditions and getting ripped off so we can have ten cheap t-shirts in all different colours.
2: Do a little research and buy from companies with ethical supply chains.
3: Buy second hand first at charities everywhere possible. This helps charities help those who need support.
4: Always take the option to spend cash where it helps, not harms and think about the impact of our spending.
The New Joneses are those people everywhere walking towards the better life of living it up, not keeping up. Doing more with less. Simplifying. Downsizing their debts and upsizing their life experiences.
For The New Joneses, Buy Nothing New Month is a way of life.