A few of my girlfriends and I have committed to a year of buying nothing except for the essentials this year. The essentials are defined as things that are necessary for every day living – food, shelter, toiletries, household supplies, and health-related items (like supplements). Now, if my main pair of sneakers gives out – yes, I’ll get a new pair. Or if none of my clothes fit because I’ve lost 50 pounds. (Yeah, I said 50!) Then I’ll do what I need to. But really, other than in dire circumstances – there will be no new clothes, shoes, jewelry, tchotchkes, books, music, organizing tools, housewares and so on. Instead, I am focusing my time and money on experiences – like spending time with loved ones, going to concerts and performances and traveling a lot.
Why am I doing this, you ask? Because I don’t really need anything. I have 60 pairs of shoes as it is. 5 pairs of black trousers. 10 pairs of jeans. My coat collection is the stuff of legends. You get the picture.
I’ve long since realized my consumption habits didn’t align with my value-set, but I made myself feel better about it by becoming a recycling ninja or buying things that were made out of recycled goods. But honestly, like many things, prevention is the best way to address so many issues – like climate change, plastic waste, health issues. All the processed vegan hamburger substitutes will never be as impactful as just eating a plant-based whole foods diet. And purchasing a compostable water bottle will never be as effective as just remembering to bring your own refillable one.
For me, the right thing to do is is to simply consume less. So I’m going to give it a go.
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