We live in a society where consumerism is embedded in our minds. We work full-time jobs to be able to financially sustain ourselves and afford all the luxuries life has to offer.
Many of us love to spend our disposable income on brand new products. We want all the latest makeup and skincare that influencers are talking about, the next best hairdryer, and everything in between.
We become so absorbed in mirroring this lifestyle others portray that we do not realize that our shopping habits are not sustainable at all. While we should embrace our personalities and be able to express ourselves, we must be mindful of the consequences our practices can have on the environment.
Below are some tips to get you started in your journey of being a more savvy, eco-sustainable shopper.
Shop Sustainable Fashion
It is easy to fall into the trap of purchasing what is known as “fast fashion.” Fast fashion is clothing that is produced at high volumes to keep up with the rapidly changing fashion trends that emerge.
Fast fashion tends to be more low quality as the goal is to keep up with the demand from many retailers. While those bell-bottom jeans may be trendy right now, they will be replaced with a different style of jeans in the summertime.
As a result, we are hurting the environment with the textile dyes in clothing and carbon emissions. Instead, focus on buying sustainable clothing. Create a capsule wardrobe with the same color scheme and basic pieces of clothing so that you can mix and match easily.
Minimize “Retail Therapy”
Amigas, I get it. We’ve all been there. You had one of those days where parenting left you exhausted. You feel the need to unwind, and you go to the nearest mall and start what many of us call retail therapy.
There is nothing wrong with the “treat yourself” mentality and indulging in something you have been eyeing for a while. However, most of the time, our retail therapy trips turn into massive shopping sprees, and these products end up being unused. This is not a sustainable shopping habit as it increases our carbon footprint – especially if you are delving into fast fashion.
Instead, go get a manicure and pedicure. Schedule an appointment with your favorite massage therapist. Find ways to practice self-care while minimizing the need to go shopping. If you must shop, indulge in brands that cater to slow fashion at least. Of course, donate away once you’re done loving your current wardrobe. Do anything possible to ensure your clothing doesn’t end up in a landfill.
Use Reusable Shopping Totes
It is not realistic to believe that you will start living a minimalistic lifestyle that you will no longer buy anything. For example, you still need to go to the grocery store.
Shopping for a family is not minimalist, and you need to buy toiletries, essentials, and food everyone likes. Keep a reusable shopping tote with you for these grocery trips (or any other shopping trip in general). This way, you do not have to use plastic bags to hold your purchases.
I know in our cultura Latina we like to keep all the plastic bags and recycle them, but this is more sustainable because you are not using plastic at all.
By following these tips, you will still look like you are living your best life while protecting mother nature and our home.