As I'm sure you've heard us say we are on a journey...we don't claim to be perfect and think it's incredibly important to share with you all aspects of the journey and how we became passionate about living an eco conscious lifestyle.
So here's a part of my own story, specifically in relation to my own relationship with clothes. Up until a few years ago I would have considered myself an avid collector of designer clothes. I developed an interest in one designer brand in particular; one which portrayed a very desirable aesthetic. This interest quickly developed into an obsession with buying anything I considered to be a collector's piece. I would search for hours on end on ebay to find rare items. I would tell myself that bidding or buying these accessories or clothes to ‘add’ to my growing collection was worth it as they were an investment.
I managed to convince myself that spending £500 on a leather bag that was worth £3000 was acceptable despite the fact that I was risking my money for rent. I would be completely broke for the rest of the month, with bags and shoes sitting in my wardrobe; too scared to use in case of damaging them. (One incident involving my husband accidentally spilling beer over a £3000 bag and me almost having a heart attack...cringe).
So as you can probably tell this obsession was not healthy AT ALL. Not only was it causing a gaping whole in my bank account but was actually stressing me out. Finally realising that this collection was adding no value to my life I began asking myself what was I trying to prove? Who was I trying to impress?
It took me a while to realise that I needed to rid myself of this obsession… a conclusion that I came to alongside a journey into veganism. Becoming aware of the impact my clothes and accessories were having on the environment and animal welfare as well as the people who were making them made me question my own values. Two life changing documentaries influenced me to sell all my designer items and start afresh.
Minimalism, a documentary that examines our attachment to 'things' and how might your life be better with less.
The True Cost exposes the shocking truth behind the fast fashion industry and the negative impact this industry is having on the earth and the people who make our clothes.
Although very different documentaries, they resonate so deeply with our conscious mission! Both made me want to make more informed choices about what I was buying. I urge everyone to head to Netflix and check them out.
So here's the GOOD NEWS! There are so many brands out there that are eco-friendly and are run by people who really care about the earth, the people and the animals that live on it. Stay turned for our Sustainable Sunday posts where we will be introducing you to some of our favourite brands! We can't wait.