How and why I changed my living and shopping habits!
I heard a wise man tell this story:
‘When they asked Michelangelo, perhaps history’s greatest sculptor, about making the glorious statue of David, masterpiece of Renaissance?
He answered: Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
So sculpture, according Michelangelo, is about cutting away at the unnecessary, at the external, in pursuit of the truth and beauty within.
That is what happened to me recently. I started to cut away layer upon layer not only from my clutter life but from my confused mind and soul and in that way the angel is starting to emerge.
Before I moved to London, UK I thought the London fashion world is the one I want to be part of, all the high fashion houses, magazines, agencies have their headquarters here so it will be heaven for me to live here and work in one of the best centres of fashion industry.
But after I went to visit all those fashion houses, shopping centres, Selfridges, Harrods and famous Oxford Street and Regent Street, I felt enormous nausea and sadness. I was confused and disappointed and didn’t know what to do and what to feel for months.
Layer after layer, getting deeper into myself, I realised that I still love fashion, creativity, styling, but I also love nature, our planet, animals, fair play in every aspect of life and work, so after a lot of research and a lot of thinking and meditating on the matter I found the option that will satisfy all my passions.
Sustainable fashion. Ethical fashion. Environment, animals and people friendly fashion.
I’m slowly entering the industry, learning a lot about all the possibilities that we can do in that direction, and although it is a challenge, I am more up to it than ever.
It is not easy to replace the whole wardrobe with sustainable brands over night, but I already started to avoid buying fast fashion brands, non ethical brands, non sustainable brands, non animals and environment friendly brands.
I shop less, and when I shop it is in charity or thrift shops, I try to find sustainable and ethical brands that make a good impact on the world, and I always try to mend or make my own clothes from the ones I already have.
How to know which brand is good and which is not? Well, I use the app GoodOnYou which is helping me to find out about the quality of brand’s sustainable, ethical and planet friendly business.
When talking of other things to do to make a positive change in a world, recycling, having shorter showers, washing clothes and dishes with detergent sheets or pads, using a bamboo teeth brush, using a menstrual cup, using public transport or bicycle, using stainless steel water bottle and bamboo coffee cup, should become our everyday habits.
These are only few of the changes I made until now, and the fashion and shopping part was the toughest one, but I’m determined to change my complete wardrobe and to be proud of it one day.
After all, I don’t want to disappoint the angel that is waiting for me inside my stone.
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