No "new" clothes for one year
I'm a bit of an "all-in" kind of person. But when it comes to changing my living habits to be more future and climate friendly, I've realised I can't do it all at once. Or even ever. But I will make changes, one by one, some smaller than the others, that will make an impact on me, the people around me, my health and hopefully the world.
One big decicion I made after meeting Martine at Spotly, was to not buy any now clothes in one year. And by new I mean brand new. Instead I would buy almost everything second hand or trade myself to it with something I already had. I would allow myself to buy new underwear and shoes for hygienic and ergonomic reasons, but kept to a minimum.
Fast fashion, trends and "must haves" was never really my thing to begin with, but recently my eyes have opened and made me look at consumption of clothes with disgust. I honestly and quite frankly find it repulsive how an industry has grown so big, based on us people being afraid of wearing something that is "soooo last season", with the climate taking the biggest hit.
No, I'm not saying I don't like clothes, or dressing nicely. But what I really, really look forward to is us, the consumers, as well as the producers start taking more responsibility. Socially and financially, with a bigger focus on sustainability. And I already see a big change, and I love what I see. But we all need to chip in, and do what we can. In Copenhagen there are currently a bunch of interesting and first-moving concepts popping up, so not jumping on this train is hard.
I recently visited EDIE, the store that sells clothes from last season, and the seasons before that. Because great styles deserves to be sold. I didn't buy anything this time, trying to stay true to my decision, but I think it's absolute brilliant.
Fashion Revolution Denmark are my kind of revolutionists. Not scared of bringing this topic to the surface for people to face, not scared of stepping on peoples toes when questioning their impact on the world, but still embracing their love of fashion. Follow their feed to stay up to date with what's changing in the industry.
What I've mostly done though, is swapping my clothes for points at The Organic Club. Points that I later could swap for other members clothes. Because that's that The Organic Club is; a collective closet. Focusing on sustainability they also sell a nice range of fair trade and organic items such as shoes, teas and ceramics.
Seven and a bit months of this year has passed, and I've had so. Much. Fun. Not popping into H&M to buy that jumper in a second colour, just because it's on sale and I forgot to bring one for the cooler evenings, is hard. Clothes these days can be so cheap and easily accessible. Too easy, if you ask me. As a lover of challenges, I'm so keen on taking on the last four months. And even if I might not stay as strict next year, at least this challenge has taught me a lot about separating things that I actually need, from what I just want.
If you have any thoughts, ideas or tips regarding this topic, please share them in a comment. I'm so curious on what others think about this, as I think it's something we actually would prefer not thinking about. And I'm not trying to blame or guilt trip anyone, I simply want you to ask yourself two questions next time you're stepping through the doors to your favourite retailer; who made my clothes, and to what cost?