Slow Fall, Slow Fashion.
Earlier this month, we got to talking with none other than Treehugger, about the nature of sustainability and how it not only informs process, but gives meaning to our everyday. The bottom line: we believe that what you welcome into your life should last, if not forever, for a long, long time. Turns out, there are a lot of people who feel the same way. We've collected some of our favorite insights and ideas on how to slow down and live #withmeaning. [read_more] Cleanse your closet. You don’t have to wait until Spring to clean out your closet. In Kissing Your Socks Goodbye, Marie Kondo, an organization specialist tells the New York Times, "Discard everything that does not “spark joy,” after thanking the objects that are getting the heave-ho for their service; and do not buy organizing equipment — your home already has all the storage you need." Another tip: try turning all the hangers the opposite way in your closet, and seeing which items were actually worn six months later. Then give the rest away. The result is unexpectedly liberating. "The mental energy of staring at a closet of 500 pieces versus five, that’s a waste of time before you even start your workday," says Of a Kind co-founder Claire Mazur. Eat locally. Stop by your local farm or farmer’s market and pick up some mulled apple cider or fresh produce. “Not only is it important to support small local businesses in today’s globalized economy, but the food just straight up tastes better,” says Gillian Zinser in Conscious Commerce. Buy less. “My motto is ‘buy less, choose well, make it last. You should wait until you really need something before you buy it,” says Vivienne Westwood in British Vogue. We couldn't have said it better. Slowing down how much we consume and how often alleviates pressure on the earth and its resources, so that production is more in rhythm with what the earth can provide. Common sense stuff. Buy better. “When a dress costs close to your cup of coffee it isn’t right,” says designer Katrin Maria Karadottir of Icelandic fashion house ELLA in an interview with Fashionista. Slow fashion means paring down on what you buy, but also investing in objects of greater quality and integrity that elevate the fashion market. Practice consciousness. We believe in doing things with care. Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard is an advocate for “restrained growth” or the idea that consumers have the purchasing power to support and slowly grow companies and industries that are doing the right thing. Make decisions with the goods that you invest in—be that clothes or anything else in your life—aware of the impact on the world around you.