I've said it before and I'll say it again: once you get over the hurdle of deciding to make sustainable choices, living a more sustainable lifestyle becomes easy!
When I started : the daily savant : almost 4 years ago (!!!), I was working multiple part-time jobs and was on the budget of all budgets. I'd promised myself that, as someone who is rather eco-friendly, the only clothing I would own would be things I bought in thrift or consignment stores, things I bought handmade/fair trade, or things that I made for myself. When the blog started to take off, I was inundated with collaboration requests from wholesalers with unclear business practices, but I was so excited that companies wanted to work with me that I took just about every offer I was given!
For the last year or so, though, I moved back to the US and ended up back on that budget to end all budgets, but something in me changed. I re-committed myself to living more sustainably and since doing so, I've found that it's become easy to follow through with sustainable choices. When I moved to my tiny shoebox of an apartment in Vegas, I had to do a major closet clean out. I sold or donated tons of clothes that I hadn't been wearing or couldn't figure out how to re-design or re-purpose and since then, I've worked with a whole host of handmade and fair trade companies with sustainable business practices. Other new clothing has come from thrift or consignment shops and now hardly a day goes by where at least 40% of my outfit is totally sustainable.
I still have lots of pieces from my pre-sustainable days, but as those garments are still totally useful and functional, I don't want to be wasteful and toss them just so I can find something sustainable to replace them with. That wouldn't really be sustainable at all!
All of that being said, with the new year right around the corner, I encourage each and every person who reads this to resolve to make more sustainable choices in 2017. It may lead to a total lifestyle shift! Scroll down to see how sustainable this outfit is!
What's sustainable about this outfit?
: I made my hat
: the necklace is handmade
: the bracelets are handmade
: the ring is handmade
: the t-shirt was thrifted