Well today officially marks the second month of my challenge, and it has been quite a journey so far. I could probably talk forever about what the following months have looked liked, but I'll try to keep it as short and sweet as possible:
1) I Have Stopped Impulse Buying
This may not seem like such a big deal to you, but I used to be a MAJOR impulse buyer. Whether I was in line of a store, surfing the internet, or simply bored, I would just buy clothing without really thinking about it. I didn't care where the clothes came from, how it was made, or its quality. All I need was the price of the clothing to be $20 or under. This doesn't seem that expensive or destructive, however ethical standards (which I will try to get more in depth about in other posts) & my wallet says otherwise. Which leads me to my next point...
2) Saving a ton of $$$
Boy, oh boy my wallet has been very happy these past few months. Since I haven't been impulse buying, I have been saving way more money than before. Which is great for my college girl budget.
3) More Than Just Clothes
I know that my challenge focuses on being more conscious about the clothes I purchase. However this awareness has seeped into other aspects of my life. From the type of food I buy, to using reusable bags, to even buying a bamboo toothbrush with Tom's toothpaste, I'm surprised by how much this challenge has already impacted different aspect of my life. Yet at the same time...
4) I Haven't Actually Purchased Clothing From An Ethical Company..
Confession time: I know I'm terrible for not buying from an actual sustainable/ethical clothing company, but I have two reasons for that. 1) I am only trying to buy what I need when paying for those pricey, yet long-lasting, clothing items. Because lets be real, quality/ethical clothing can get pretty expensive. But on the flip-side, those items will last FOREVER (and the workers are properly payed tbh). 2) When I have bought new 'trendy' items I have purchased them from thrift stores and second-hand stores, such as Buffalo Exchange. I do believe that buying from these stores count as ethical and I hope to describe more of that in another post.
5) Like-Minded People & Companies
During this journey, I have found it helpful to search for a community who supports and motivates me to continue what I'm doing. At first, I had rarely heard of anyone who was passionate for supporting slow-fashion, caring for the environment, and/or discussing issues of human-trafficking within the fashion industry. However after doing some research , and a bit of luck, I have been fortunate to work with a few small companies and discover others who share the same passion for change as I have begun to have.
It's crazy to think that I have only been two months into this challenge of mine, but I can't imagine going back to my old ways. However I know that things will be difficult as I continue this process. Like all changes, it may not be easy, but is necessary in our lives.