Friday, July 11, 2014

Fair Trade Friday #1

For a while now I have been really conscious about where my clothing is coming from. In March 2013 I wrote about why I would be boycotting H&M and I haven't bought anything from them since then. Since then I haven't bought a lot of clothing and I have been donating a lot of my clothing. Both because my style has changed and I am moving soon and I am a one bag kind of gal.

But as my stash of clothing dwindles I knew I needed to start to make a decision on what my plan for the future was. I have previously gone a year without buying any clothing (2010-2011) and for me that wasn't a problem. But I needed a plan for the future, not just for the next year or two. I needed a sustainable plan.

I want my wardrobe to be a fair trade wardrobe, but as much as I want that I have to be realistic about what kind of fair trade clothing there is out there. I have serious doubts that I can have a 100% fair trade wardrobe, there is serious lack of fair trade stables such as big bras. Something I cannot live without.

Therefore, trying to have a 100% fair trade wardrobe would end in failure, and I do not like failure. I decided that it would be better for me to aim towards a different number. I thought that 70% would be a more of an achievable number. So if I buy 10 things, 3 of these things are allowed to be non fair trade.

The seven things that will be fair trade can also be second hand clothing, mostly because buying second hand clothing can benefit both the environment and help charities. An extra plus is that no money is going from me to the clothing company.

Every single piece of clothing will be counted in this! Whether it will be underwear, socks, dresses or shoes!

As I try to get in deeper with being more of a minimalist I am not going to be buying many new outfits, but I wanted to have a plan on what I would or would not buy.


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