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Confessions of an eco-fashionista… (who kind of wants to skip that “eco” part for a while)

It’s already August 22nd! Every day now gets us closer to cooler fall winds and darker evenings. I am excited. I am done with summer.

Of course, I would say that, living in Houston, but this summer has been especially rough. Our Scandinavian summer getaway, which is supposed to cool us down, ended up serving nothing but sun, sun, sun and heat as Europe experienced a heat wave like never before (climate change, I’m looking at you). Oh, and do I need to mention there aren’t any air conditioners over there?

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Thank you Emma for this wonderful photo of me and our minis.

It was a well needed vacation nonetheless and I must tell you that I’ve thought a lot during this little summer break about where I am going with this blog of mine; if it’s needed and has a future. I’ve truly been enjoying my time “off” which has led me to ponder questions like “Should one really need time off from a hobby?” and “Am I done with the blog?”. At this very moment, I feel like I am not done with it – there are more topics to discuss – but I am maybe a tad bit tired of being sustainable.

Aiyooo. I am probably not supposed to say that! But I am.

I just want to buy all new clothes and not care where they’re made and by whom. I want to throw old ugly things away (in the trash). I want to dump all my donations in a bin anonymously and be done with them (instead of say arranging a garage sale and try to give them a new home.) I want to toss my yogurt cups instead of washing and recycling them. I want to unfollow the perfect eco-queens of Instagram and never again have to see stories about their dogs (I have never and will never like dogs).

It gets worse. I actually went into H&M the other day out of pure rebellion and promised myself that I could buy what ever I wanted – no matter where it was made and from what (like poly!). This could have been a breaking point in my non-profit-career as Sustainable Anna but, of course, the clothes I ended up wanting were all cotton (two of which 100% organic cotton from the Conscious Collection at that) and not made in China. Still, my intentions were un-pure and I am hereby confessing to the community.

I guess after over four years of buying hardly anything and constantly learning about sustainability, taking on more eco-responsibility and educating people about climate change – I need a breather. And I think I need to share that here on the blog, so that we can have a conversation about it.

How “good” does one woman have to be?

As far as living a plant based life – which a recently published study concluded is the number one action an individual can take to lower her carbon footprint – I am loving it and thriving. So my baseline is already super sustainable… I can throw away ugly shit, right?

With that said, I am back from my blogging break and would love to hear your thoughts!

PS. WELCOME to all my new followers that have joined over the course of the summer. Felling so much love and excitement about having you all here. Hopefully everyone is good with eco-confessions!

This weekend’s shopping spree: Action packed and NOTHING made in China.

The mission: Black skinny jeans.

Place: Nearby Mall, Houston.

Time: Saturday morning.

The challenge: Only shop clothes made in USA (or at least not made in China!)

First, I decided to give H&M a chance for a change. I don’t shop there much since I don’t support their Sweat Shop methods and almost everything cute is made in China but I was in the mood to browse. They actually have a new collection now called the “Conscious Collection”, which supposedly does some good for the makers of the garments, aims to be climate friendly, ethical and sustainable. Not enough for it to be labeled Fair-Trade, but I did find a lovely blouse with giraffes. Come on, how could I resist?! Giraffes!! It is made from 65% post-consumer material. Only $18.

Next, I laughed out loud at Marshall’s over this hilarious tag: “Democracy – made in China”. LOL.

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After that (and no purchase), I went to Nordstrom Rack, my new favorite place.

I tried on a very trendy, blue-black mélange LNA sweater ($39) and a Chaser Brand pink tank ($25). Both made in USA (California of course!) and both got to come home with me. Sorry for my lack of selfie finesse.

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Last but NOT least, aka the grand finale, I found Citizen of Humanity black skinnies in my size hanging at the clearance rack. Yes!

I had practically given up at this time, it was almost 2 pm and I must have looked at 20 pairs already. Tag said “Made in USA” so I tried them on – perfection. Only $60! That was it for the day. Stop while I’m ahead.

Not made in China shopping IS possible, folks.

Mission completed.