I am now a member of the Ethical Writers Coalition and have connected with dozens of designers, like-minded friends, and bloggers who share similar values. Living your values is easier when you have others to support and challenge you.
I’m also working to help other people change their shopping habits. Through IMBY, I educate people on the importance of building a capsule wardrobe, consisting of ethically made items. Not only am I living a more mindful and ethical lifestyle, but I am bringing others into the fold. That, to me, is worth it all.
Ready to change your buying practices? Take some cues from my journey and first determine why you like shopping (is it boredom? the thrill of having something new? the social aspect?), then go cold turkey and set a shopping-alternative intention.
Your intention should correlate to what drove you to shop in the first place—if it was boredom, find something else to fill the time like cooking or reading. Then work to build a minimalist wardrobe of items you love and want to wear every single day. Once you focus your energy, time, and money elsewhere, you'll be surprised by how much freedom and money you have left over for other pursuits.