CONSUME | the sustainable struggle diary I
i have promised i'd keep you updated with how it actually goes with my resolution to become a sustainable consumer. as with any decision to lead a lifestyle challenging the conventional norms of our society, it's a slow process. i honestly admit i am nowhere near being the perfect, eco-friendly consumer i would like to be, but i can say i have positively changed some of my habits. you can read what i did and how it went in the following few paragraphs. you can also compare with the eco checklist i posted in the very beginning of this series.
fashion-wise, i have already talked about my decision not to buy clothes from fast-fashion retail stores. in general, i don't really buy much as i stick to a very boiled-down, uniform-based (turtleneck + pants) all-black wardrobe so it wasn't such a challenge for me. since starting this series in the beginning of autumn, i've bought (probably) 4 pieces of clothing (a t-shirt, pants, 2 scarves /one of them got stolen at a party/), all second hand. i also asked for an umbrella for Christmas, from the British brand Fulton, which makes high-quality windshield umbrellas - i always say that buying something high quality is in itself a sustainable purchase. i also got some new underwear from Baserange and Nude Label. lingerie is becoming so easy to buy sustainable, which is great. sadly, the same trend has not started happening to socks - it is goddamn hard to find eco-friendly, right fitting socks (that were preferably made in Europe). if you just stick to black socks, it's still quite okay, but scoring some nice funky printed eco socks is pretty much impossible. i basically gave up and got a 6-pack of thick Adidas socks this December because my feet were freezing and i couldn't find any warm socks that would not be made from wool; and i also got some printed ones at Mads Nørgaard store from two Danish brands: Nørgaard and mp.
when it comes to food, packaging is still a huge issue in my sustainable life. it's pretty hard to buy cheap fruit and veggies unpackaged in DK, especially now that i live in a neighbourhood with very few tiny convenience store where you can usually score a lot of package-free fresh bargains. i still use a lot of canned food (tomatoes, beans) too; yet again, as i've mentioned in one of the previous posts, there is none of these hip unpackaged stores in Copenhagen, boo. very little i buy drinks in plastic bottles as i always carry my reusable bottle from Ecozz around. i only buy takeaway coffee to homeless people around Nørreport; but i have bought a juice in a plastic cup twice (during the past 6 months) at the Copenhagen airport as it is, sadly, the only veg option there. and i still keep on preparing lunches for school, and if i forget / don't have the time for it, i pick something from the pay-by-weight buffet at the school canteen.
moving on to hygiene-related stuff (yes, this a very new umbrella term for both personal hygiene and cleaning i just made, lol), i still stick to the same products i have been using for a while already, that is solid, unpackaged stuff, mostly from Lush. i believe it still takes me a bit too much when i shower and i sometimes use too much water when i'm washing the dishes, but i'm trying to change that. i have brought a lot of eco cleaning products from CZ, such as washing liquid made of soap nuts, Ecover dishwashing liquid, wooden brushes (instead of plastic sponges), cloths from organic cotton, disposable trash bags etc. last weekend, i decided to clean my bathroom really properly; and i only used baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar for that - and it worked!
now to my sustainable failures - what sort of ruins my sustainable trying are school projects, for which i often need to buy a lot of material (not only papers for printing but a lot of objects i use for styling etc), which are not from the very best sources (= mostly Tiger / Søstrene Grene), but hey, you know how it is - artsy school projects get expensive. now imagine how much you'd have to splurge if you wanted to buy everything sustainable. another non-sustainable purchase i made was a towel from Jysk, for which i had to run there one day before my fashion week work trip after realising my regular towel would not fit into my carry-on. i still smoke, i still occasionally shoot on analogue, i buy quite much of food wrapped in plastic...
it's a slow process, you know?
but it's all about trying, isn't it?