I felt it was best to close out this year on a note of kindness and patience for ourselves and others.
Although it’s a departure from traditional slow fashion tips, I do think being kind is a solid and necessary foundation for spreading conscious consumerism in a positive light. It’s very easy to call out ethical brands or people in this space for not being sustainable enough, or make friends and family feel guilty for making careless consumer decisions. The reason why I started the channel in the first place was to take guilt and shame out of the sustainability picture.
When we use encouragement over judgment and positivity over put downs, I think we can really influence others to make more conscious choices. Here are some ideas over the holiday season that will encourage kindness to yourself and others which I do hope you indulge in!
give thoughtful gifts: There are so many great non-product gift ideas out there that can help enrich your life (yes, I am all about self-gifting) and the lives of others. Try gifting a skillshare course or subscription for those who want a new skill, a museum membership for your artistically inclined loved ones, or a gym membership for someone who is interested but perhaps might not be able to afford it. An ethical subscription box like Causebox is also a great way to introduce friends and family to the wonderful world of ethical and environmental products.
volunteer: Health care services are so overrun, and time is incredibly fleeting these days. Whether its offering to babysit your niece and nephew to give overworked parents a well- deserved hot chocolate break, heading to your local palliative care unit, shelter, or soup kitchen to lend a hand, I believe that when we start a habit of volunteering, it builds our empathy muscle. I think empathy is important to keep in mind when making conscious consumption habits because it puts labourers in the forefront of our thoughts - something that is increasingly hard to do in a world of global production.
meditate and practice gratitude: I’ve recently started doing some quick gratitude journaling and a simple breathing exercise each morning and it has been integral to approaching frustrating situations with kindness and patience. I’m far from perfect, but it’s so much easier to convince someone to shop for gifts secondhand when you do it with a smile on your face ;)