I used to love shopping. When I was in my mid-20's, I actually went into debt because I was an impulse shopper and a fast fashion addict. Finding cute clothes for a bargain was thrilling; with no regard as to how my purchases affected my bank account, other people and the environment. I commended myself for saving money with a $5 t-shirt that I discarded after a month.
Back in June, I watched a film called True Cost. A documentary on the fashion industry and how it affects people and the planet. This was a huge eye-opener for me. Since then, I can count on one hand how many clothing purchases I've made. Every time I feel the urge to buy something, I ask myself, "do you really need this?". I try to make a conscious effort to find out where the item is made and how it's made. Now more than ever, I'm trying to buy local, handmade, second-hand, or fair trade products. This is definitely a lifestyle change for me and to be honest, I'm wondering if it's even feasible to implement for all my purchases. I'm taking small steps but at least they are steps in the right direction; closer to the life I want to live and the person I hope to be. I want to buy with a purpose, opt for items that are better quality and don't harm people or the environment. After all, in the grand scheme of things, we are all connected somehow and I can't bear the thought of wearing something that I know someone else suffered for – no matter how cheap it is.
via Sarah Lazarovic
So I've scoured the web and gathered some of the top items on my wish list. As you know, buying local, handmade or fair trade can be a lot more expensive but when you buy less, you can save for the items that do good and make you feel good too.