#Month 5: Quitting fast fashion - a 12 month challenge
Time is whizzing by and I feel like I have entered into a new form of consciousness. I can now confidently walk down a street of shops without even the slightest urge to buy anything. Am I cured? If I were a recovering addict (arguably I am), I think I would now be out of the cold turkey phase and into the enlightenment phase, verging on aversion!
November was packed full of activities, mistakes, challenges, cosy pubs with candles on the tables, yummy red wines, good food and new experiences. It was very busy which is also why I am late in writing this post. I remember one night after a long and busy day, being ready to go to sleep at midnight before another long and busy day. I pulled the duvet up to my chin, turned the light out and set my alarm and remember thinking that the next six and a half hours were mine and mine alone. Knowing that I had those hours to myself felt very luxurious and rewarding.
I took part in another clothes swap where I left with more bags of clothes than I arrived with. I am starting to see the vast financial savings I am making by not spending as frivolously as I once did. The mentality of shopping seems to have extended to other parts of my life and I question whether I need anything at the point of wanting it. I have become an excellent food scavenger so spend less on that. I bulk buy toiletries so I don't have to go into Boots as frequently and I order online wherever possible which I think helps unnecessary purchases because less is in danger of something "catching ones eye". Being frugal feels exciting and I have talked to others who agree there is a thrill in deciding not to buy something.
As time and money feel more precious now than ever before in my life, I would like to do something good with them both. I will continue to support independent designers, tailors and artists and I anticipate the biggest spending in the coming months will be on that. I also want to do some good and carve out more time to volunteer. I already volunteer regularly every year and the sense of fulfilment I get from just that one week at a summer camp, is unrivalled and nothing else I do comes close.
As November has rushed into December and Christmas is just round the corner; my message to everyone is to think before you buy. Do you know where it's come from and do you need it? Use the internet, Instagram and Etsy to find local or independent suppliers and choose to support them over the high street factories regurgitating mountains of waste for everyone to look the same. Choose to do good. The feeling of fulfilment lasts longer than walking out of a shop with bags of clothes you don't need.