The concept of sustainability, environment friendly and veganism have become a buzzword and snowballed in recent years. The harmful impacts of climate change that we have contributed to caught on attention over thirty years ago, yet only recently have there been serious realization on its repercussions.
What sustainability really means
The rise of fast fashion has drastically increased its toll on the environment. 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to the clothing industry.
I’m sure we have all come across heart touching information such as marine animals dying due to plastic ingestion, impact of global warming causing melting glaciers, and floods. We have joined in passionate conversations ignited by climate-change activists such as Greta Thunberg.
We understand the urgency of it - as we switch off the browser to open a new show on Netflix and switch on the bubble in which we would like to live in. Our mind loops in the direction of hope thinking the problem should be solved. But by who? Adults do not change until the waters are stirred up. Until something unusual happens like a cathartic event that hits directly.
The tragic bushfires are still burning across Australia. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, and more than 1 billion animals have died. The reality of a warming planet is dawning on all Australians living in areas with bush-fire risk.
There is a real problem but is everyone just going to allow it to go on? No.
Focus on being Authentic and Honest. Forget the Hype.
Sustainable and conscious fashion has a tendency to become somewhat of an extremism because of its passionate principles. However, it does not need to be handcuffed to one perspective.
Like everyone hoping to make an impact, each of our contribution matters. A lot. What’s the one change that you would like to contribute to make after engaging with the bombard of information on social media?
Bark and Leaf gives you a chance of making one step towards stylish sustainability. What we’re advocating for is to shop more mindfully.
We all feel the urge to shop.The stimulation from modern marketing telling us what we need, new trends, discounts and the oh so convenient online shopping makes it all the more hard to resist. But we also know our shopping habits are negatively impacting the world. With the ease of internet access, 49 percent of the purchases of 18 to 24 year olds were as a result of impulse buying.
How to balance your love for the planet and shopping? Be mindful with these tips below
- Pick ethical brands. This doesn't mean it is going to be boring and serious. Spend your money mindfully by being environmentally friendly and equally super stylish.
- Plan and set limitations. Buy one good product you need instead of multiple ones on discount. Make a note on what you really need and stick to that. This will be very helpful in eliminating impulse buys as well.
- Make gifting eco-friendly and sustainable your new mantra. The best part about this is that you'll feel good, and more often than not the product will be unique, treasured, and truly valued.
The secret to building a lasting impact is participation and care for the environment that sustains our activities. And of course, don't forget to think twice before buying anything.