Anyone can be an ethical fashionista. Yes, it does take time and work. From my experience, it’s a journey – not an overnight success. To get started on your journey, follow my simplified plan.
It’s no secret that rules & policies have to be bent to give you, the consumer, those cheap prices you find at fashion retailers like Forever 21 and H&M. But what does that mean? Well it can be one or a combination of the following: Someone is not getting paid enough. Working conditions are below standard. Non-sustainable material is being used. Ownership of textiles or designs are not being credited. And the list goes on. Unfortunately, when you don’t grow up with a lot of money, as I did, this is not the first thought that comes to mind when making a purchase at the mall. Discovering ethical fashion has given me the language and perspective to analyze my experience with fashion.
Recently, I’ve been wondering: when will I know that I can consider myself a minimalist? I just moved into my new apartment and during that process I have cleaned out my clutter once again. Now I think I’m aware of almost every single item I own, but can I call myself a minimalist?
Moving is packing your belongings and taking them with you to a new place. I had my own run-in with moving this past January when I returned to campus. It quickly became obvious that the amount of items my partner and I owned was a little overwhelming. I remember thinking it would be easier if I could just select my keepsakes, some favorite outfits and be done with mess. As you can imagine, this never happened. The fear of letting go can be so inhibiting. So my partner, massive boxes and I moved into our little studio.