The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
When I was a child, it was common practice to give clothes more than one life.
We were given the tall girl and boy across the street’s outgrown trousers.
When we grew out of our clothes they went to our cousins. It was nice to see that favorite jumper (sweater) when we visited. getting another wear. Then it might appear at a second cousins house the following year.
Everyone knew that children’s clothes should be worn by more than one person in order to get good value from them.
Two years ago I pledged not to buy new clothes for a year. Since then the new garments in my wardrobe amount to less than five.
In that period of time I’ve managed to give up buying clothes comfortably. It’s not something that I want to do anymore.
But I do buy secondhand clothes once in a while. And people give me clothes they no longer want. I have found that I’m no longer that bothered about buying clothes and because I’m lucky enough to have quite a few clothes in my wardrobe it’s something that no longer that I do.
The funny thing is that I’ve realized it’s just another modern habit that isn’t really necessary. I used to shop from boredom with existing clothes or because I was tempted by a colour of a print.
Now I’ve learned to shop my wardrobe I make far better use of clothes that might have lain in a drawer with the labels still on unworn.
I’m starting to find that the second hand clothes don’t really tempt me either now. I’ve really developed a sense that I don’t need more.
The habit has spread to other shopping too.
What’s more I’ve gained time. Shopping is a time consuming thing. I guess I wanted to share my pride that I’ve broken another consumer habit that commonly wastes precious resources.
When was the last time we each wore out a garment?
Have you broken any consumerist habits lately?
a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, linguist, researcher, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about bilingualism, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...