So it has taken me a little longer this month to write this post and partly it is down to the horrifying event in Dhaka. I doubt anyone could fail to feel nothing but sympathy and horror at the news reports and pictures on TV. But do I think most people associated their wardrobes with those images….no I don’t think they did. We see it more and more, the disconnection between what we have in front of us and how it is produced. I thought perhaps a small horsemeat moment might have occurred but given how little colleagues and friends have spoken about the building collapse I believe not. So what to do? Give up and accept we can’t make a large change alone? Well obviously with being part of the WWC I am never going to say that! Like many others I have signed petitions, shared through social media and talked to others about the price that is paid somewhere in the chain for fast fashion and cheap fashion. Ok, we might not change the world yet but if we can raise awareness we can start a process. I will put some links at the bottom of the page for the people tree petition and a couple of articles, once I am back in UK and at a computer.
So my coupon spending this month. Well it started ok, I got a pair of shoes, the ones in the picture above, I have desired since last September on eBay, second hand and in brilliant nick. Then I lost it slightly buying new running shoes but trail running shoes which are 5 coupons. I then realised that as I can’t wear them all the time – due to a lack of support in the shoe so I will need another pair or road shoes probably in June – another 5 coupons – and while the coupon spend is annoying it is more the fact that running shoes have to be some of the least sustainable footwear you can own. Also as other runners know when you wear shoes with support you need to replace them every few hundred miles as the supportive aspect wears out, that means that I have to budget more coupons later in the year!
So I have resolved to start on a mission – the rest of May and June are going to be spent looking at more sustainable clothing and footwear for running. I got a great starting point on Tuesday at a running workshop. I will keep that for a later post.
The WWC has also made me start to question whether I really want something or not. I finally ordered a striped dress I had my eye on by seasalt, when I got it I was disappointed. It is a nice piece of clothing but too shapeless and baggy in the back. Previously I would have kept it as it is a nice tunic but I don’t love it so back it goes. I didn’t think that I was bad previously with regard to my clothing as it was mainly ethical but the WWC has made me slow down with my consumption, making a case for purchasing items instead.
I have also been trying to wear different items of clothing instead of reaching for the tried and tested staple. For example I had a night out for a friend’s birthday and instead of wearing the usual top and shorts combo I wore a jade green dress that I previously wore to weddings dressed down with a denim shirt – a 70s original hand- me-down from my mum. That is going to be the theme for next month, the idea of borrowing clothing and hand-me-downs.
WWC coupons left: 38
Miles run: 20