It doesn't come naturally for us to be so wasteful.
People throw away their clothes,
because the price tells them that their shirt is as disposable as a paper cup.
Donate the old + buy the new,
because fast fashion is basically as cheap as buying used clothing at this point.
Photos on the left taken at a local thrift shop. Photos on the right via links.
So many choices that qualify as beneficial for our planet have so many other benefits too! Often they are healthier for our bodies, save us money, stretch our creativity +/or move us toward collaboration + community. I love noticing all the benefits!
Consumption is a word that is being misused,
at least when it comes to the fashion industry...
because "consumed" means...to use up...to finish something.
But those of us who are upper + middle class people in the global north...
we're barely wearing our clothes.
We are not using them up by any stretch of the imagination.
What we purchase is underutilized.
We are just wasting the finite resources that are required to make new clothes,
and at the same time, we are wasting our money.
Waste makes visible our separation from nature.
We are the only species that creates "waste",
meaning a byproduct that poisons us + poisons the ecosystem that we rely on.
We need to connect more with nature.
We need to embrace more decay + decomposition
and not hold up recycling as more important than those processes.
Lately, I've enjoyed reading Diet for a Small Planet (the 50th Anniversary Edition) by Francis Moore Lappé. The updated introduction alone has moved us to double down on our commitments toward eating in a way that takes compassion for our planet + one another seriously.
These photos are from Still : The Slow Home by Natalie Walton which I revisited recently. It's always lovely to be inspired by simple homes. Natalie brings simplicity principles into the conversation with these home owners + into the mind of the reader.
We can't just not talk about it. (This episode is so meaningful. I'd love for everyone who wears clothes to listen to this.)
Decision fatigue + self-control.
Resolutions for a life worth living.
Hope you are having a good weekend, friends!
Lots of love,
I can hardly believe I'm going to say this, but I haven't washed my face with soap in six weeks.
As the weather really started to cool down + dry out this winter, my face started to have a really hard time staying hydrated. The skin on my face started to feel like sandpaper in patches. I've been using Everyday Oil for a year or two, but my regular application ceased to suffice.
I came across a new product + was quite taken in by its promises to hydrate + soften. Before purchasing this new product, I revisited the Everyday Oil website. I decided to give a few of their tips a try in order to make this beloved product work in these colder, dryer months. And, boy, did this new regimen come through for me!
Here's what I'm currently doing for soft, hydrated skin on my face:
My face just gets wet in the shower (no soap). When I'm ready to moisturize my face each morning, I wet it first + then apply one pump's worth of oil to my face + neck (any leftovers are rubbed into my hands which are still a little bit wet too). I do this again in the evening. Since I don't want excess oil to stain my pillowcase, I wipe the excess off of my face (evening only) + sleep on an extra pillowcase. (Though I haven't noticed any oily marks on that pillowcase.)
I haven't tried doing this on my body, because I'm afraid of the oily consequences on my clothing...but I'm curious about it. I am totally blown away by the transformation of my face. It doesn't feel oily or dirty. I only wear mascara for make-up + I can rub the Everyday Oil right into my eye lashes in order to remove it in the evening. There is no burning or irritation. It's really just amazing to experience a whole new way of doing things. These organic plant oils are just what my skin needs to stay hydrated + balanced.
If you happen to be interested in giving Everyday Oil a try (or need a refill), they are currently offering 20% off of a 2 oz. bottle with the code flowerpower...through Sunday, Feb. 6). I am not affiliated with EO...I just love them! :)
on a journey toward zero-waste, simplicity, + compassion :: daring to choose fair one choice at a time