Sustainable Consumption, Production and Development – I have already talked about the 17 Goals for Transforming our World, as much as we can, till 2030 and beyond. This is not a preaching post – it’s about my thoughts for transforming my life!
“Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all – minimizing the use of natural resources, toxic materials and emissions of waste and pollutants “, according to the above links. As for me, it’s about stopping being a fool. PLEASE, I’m not saying that the ones who don’t agree with me are that. We’re all entitled to our own opinions and I strongly respect that. But I feel like a fool and I want to change it.
Starting sustainable consumption – I want to stop consuming without a real purpose. People many times buy things for the sake of buying, or to show people “look what I have! I’m rich!” and end up wearing things just once (I don’t understand why some people fiercely want to show this. My wise grandmother always said “rich people don’t brag”). This is not honoring people’s work and the planet. True, we’re humans and humans want new things, especially because of ferocious social media and ads. I use 3 bedrooms as walk-in closets. In a storage place I have around half a ton of things (the weight is real, not an expression), including a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes that I thought I would “die” if I didn’t buy it – how many times have I worn it? NEVER. So I decided to stop being such a fool. I don’t need more clothes, I have enough new items for 3 years without repeating and must have still 10% of my shoes (I confess it’s a sick number, around 500) never worn, and many more just once worn – all that is energy that doesn’t flow properly and is bad to a person. From this year on, I’ll try to wear again items I only wore once (or never). Starting today with a dress worn in… 2008, maybe? With shoes that I bought last year and never wore (typical me). Why that excess? I feel ashamed for that – and stupid – and think of the many people who don’t even have a blanket in the winter
I’ll be a hypocrite if I say that I won’t buy anything anymore. But I want to buy things 1) If I need them; 2) During a trip, when I know I won’t go back to the place so soon; 3) For birthday and new year – my tradition to wear brand new clothes; 4) Or very special things, that wow me. Other than that, I want to be a more responsible consumer. I’m better, but not perfect – the year started with some superfluous purchases – but hey, my birthday is next week Also, in my defense, I say that I have some faithful favorite items – a denim jacket that I wore around 20 times, I’m sure! And will go on wearing it I’ll try to limit purchases to 5 items a month – but no pressure: everything that is “imposed” produces stress and that’s not nice
I’m sorry for the confessions, too long and boring post. But it’s more like a statement to myself to remember my “goal” I hope I succeed! How about you? Do you buy like I did? Buying and wearing things just once or not at all? I’d love to know your opinions!