We live in a world full of opinions. We like, share, re-tweet, comment and favorite things on a daily basis. As I share my posts on social media, I get many lovely comments, likes and great tips for brands I need to check out, which makes me so happy! Thank you friends!
After I shared my post on shopping and new LookBook, there were some comments and questions about M-O-N-E-Y. “People must have a lot of money to be able to do what you do”. I have seen similar questions being asked to other people blogging about their sustainable lifestyle and zero waste. The question always is: Are you rich?
Well, no, but I know that not all people can afford to be on a not made in China challenge, since in many cases imports cost less (dollars), so I am very fortunate in that regard. I totally agree that someone struggling to make ends meet, cannot be expected to also read every single tag, worry about origin, and not shop at Wal-Mart. Changing the world cannot be on their shoulders, neither in the US, nor in other countries.
But, the way I see it, this challenge is more about effort than it can ever be about money. Not so much “Do you have the means to live sustainably and shop local?” but “Do you want to take the time and make an effort to make better choices?” People use money as an excuse to cover for lack of effort. (And on the flip side, some rich people don’t care at all, despite the fact that they can afford to buy everything made right)
- Everyone can afford to shop less. I know they call it retail therapy for a reason, but come on, it ain’t working for you long term anyway. If you “have to” shop, remember it’s better to buy one imported sweater than four.
- Everyone can afford to bring their own shopping bags to the grocery store.
- Everyone can afford to say “No thank you, I don’t need a bag as I have about 20 feet of walking to do until I get to my car”. Guess what – all stores accept that. There will be no embarrassing fight!
- Everyone can afford to use reusable containers for leftovers, lunches, veggies… instead of using a one time ziplock bag.
- Everyone can afford to drink filtered water from their fridge, faucet piece or pitcher instead of bottled water from the grocery store and to say “no thank you” to straws and lids.
- Everyone can afford to shop previously owned instead of new.
- Everyone can afford to eat less meat.
Now; What does my made in USA clothes really cost? Good question!
I am happy to share, so I listened to a comment and added prices to the LookBook! Just for kicks I decided to calculate how much I have spent on clothes in the last 20 months. This number includes shoes, jewelry, scarves, workout clothes… Pretty much everything except prescription eye-wear. It came out to about 85 dollars per month. Is that a high number? Are the clothes I show in the Look Book expensive? I don’t know what other people spend so I’d love to know! To me, $85 sounds very reasonable. Maybe, behind my back, people are thinking my clothes look old and dated (since most of my wardrobe is 2011-2013), I don’t know, but I don’t feel like I’m that person. I like what I wear and I buy enough new things to feel good :)
I’m on this journey because I believe in it 100% so keep the comments and questions coming! It inspires me to write more great posts (how modest!)!
I will end this post with the wise words of super awesome, inspiring woman Kacey Musgraves. (You can define “cost” and “cheap”, below, however you want.)
“I’m happy with what I’ve got, ‘cause what I’ve got is all I need. Just ‘cause it don’t cost a lot – don’t mean it’s cheap.”
Also see my post from 2014 on this subject: All the Money you’ll be saving…!