Hi all! This is the first of a series of articles called “How to consume less/better every day”.
For this first episode I chose to tackle my biggest challenge: no more clothes made in sweatshops. If you’re like me and can’t touch an H&M shirt without feeling sick, you have 3 possibilities:
1. For the most creative of us: making your own clothes
If you want to try, you’ll find plenty of resources online, like for example, on Pinterest. Just type the magic letters “DIY” (Do it yourself), and you’ll discover a universe of creating, reusing, recycling, refashioning… Personally, I haven’t tried yet but I will soon :p
2. Buying only “ethical” clothing
Several articles and websites try to put together a list of “ethical” brands. Here are a few:
- Ethical Clothing Canada Facebook group
- National Post: They make it here, or do they?
I also researched some of these “ethical brands” and put together a little list:
3. Buying second hand clothing
This solution is my favorite; it’s cheap, gives the product a second life and makes everyone happy 🙂 There are many ways you can buy second hand items, like Value Village (in Canada), events, or Facebook groups.
This is a non-exhaustive list; feel free to share your ideas and tips in the comments below 🙂
Of course, before you buy something it’s always better to ask yourself if you need it or want it, if you can do without it, if it’ll make you happy, and what else you could do with the money.