Eco Mama – Day 30
So far in my 3 part series on trying to stay as healthy as we can, I’ve discussed food and natural beauty products. “Beauty products” has elicited a lot of excitement and curiosity and “Food” has elicited some very strong opinions and even passionate discussions amongst commenters. I just love that… and some of the comments were just dripping with sarcasm — I love that even more. Thanks for weighing in, everyone!
Today’s topic is something I think we can all agree on — clothes. My mission this month has been to wear all eco-friendly, fair trade and organic clothes (and here’s the kicker) on a budget! This has proven to be quite a challenge and I’ve learned what most veteran Eco Mamas have known for years — this means fewer clothes!
A true Eco Mama has a small, tidy closet that’s filled with very nice, built to last, responsibly made clothes. This might include one pair of jeans, several organic t-shirts, a couple of nice, tribal-looking blouses to add a little zing, a handmade, alpaca sweater for warmth, a dress for date night, a pair of boots for winter, a pair of sandals for summer and a ton of fair trade scarves to help create endless outfit possibilities.
And that’s it. Being an Eco Mama means knowing exactly what’s in your closet, how it was made and where it came from.
Being an Eco Mama is all about knowledge — and I don’t mean the kind of knowledge where you see some person eating a big Mac and you feel it’s your duty to tell them all about the “pain and suffering in a bun” they’re blindly consuming. I’m talking about inner knowledge — you’re smart, you’ve done your research and you have peace of mind over your choices — that’s empowering!
What I’ve learned this month is that less is more. It was kind of a relief to know that I didn’t have a ton of clothes to pick from in my closet — my life is complicated enough and I found my simplified wardrobe to be very calming. Even looking at a closet that wasn’t overstuffed and teaming with clothes was a de-stresser. I thought, so this is why Buddhist monks are always so peaceful — no outfit decisions!
As far as my favorite organic items this month, I’d have to go with my organic t-shirts from American Apparel. They’re inexpensive and softer than any t-shirt I’ve ever owned. I also loved Global Girlfriend for jewelry and their great sale items and Planet Shoes for all kinds of eco-friendly footwear.
But as far as my future and clothes, this Eco Mama feels like thrifting is the way to go. Thrifting is local, inexpensive and the clothes are already made. You’re not telling a big retailer to go make more clothes. To reuse and repurpose clothes is the best way to love the Earth and your bamboo, hand-dyed wallet.
Hopefully, these last 3 posts have inspired you. I know my whole Eco Mama month has inspired me. We all have such power to make a difference in the world. I know sometimes I forget that because my day consists of making grilled cheese sandwiches and wiping noses (my children’s, not just random people’s noses). I forget that each little decision I make has a ripple effect and if we all make wise decisions, well, that’s a pretty big ripple.
So may our healthy choices help the Earth and our bodies so that we live to such a ripe old age that we’re falling asleep in a wheelchair in front of a hundred birthday candles while a bunch of bored nursing home aids sing us “Happy Birthday”.
Uh… Maybe this healthy thing isn’t such a good idea after all…