So many of us are careful consumers and stewards of the earth. We make sure to recycle, we purchase locally sourced—even organic—foods, and check products for BPA and red dye, but we often pay less attention to where our clothing comes from, who produces it, and what it's made of. Today, the co-hosts respond to Episode 41: The Management, Organization, & Coordination of Stuff and Why We'd Rather Eat Pie, in which Leslie and Tesi interview Jennie Barnds and discuss our consumer habits and the physical "stuff" that we all have so much of. The women talk about the KonMari Method of decluttering and take it a step further by exploring our spiritual relationship to physical things. In Episode 46, Tesi and Leslie continue the conversation and discuss Leslie's extreme response to a fantastic book.
Published in 2012, Over-Dressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline inspired Leslie to engage on a yearlong clothing fast. The women spend time talking about what she learned and offering tips to listeners who might be encouraged to take back the power of the purse and make big or small changes that impact their closets, peace of mind, and, ultimately, the world we live in.
When you know better you do better:
Interested in changing your consumer habits? Even one small change can make a huge difference! Here are a few tips in regards to wardrobe:
- Be intentional. Try not to make shopping a five-minute affair. Especially when you're a parent, it's important to plan, plan, plan your purchases.
- Shop your closet...and shop your friends' closet!
- Shop thrift and re-purpose (check out Refashionista for inspiration!)
- Own less, pay more ... in other words, buy quality items that will last forever!
- Buy wool or cotton and materials that are not oil dependent and are biodegradable
- Tailor your clothes to fit correctly
Learn more by following these LINKS mentioned in the podcast:
Over-Dressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline
Check out the documentary True Cost on Netflix!
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