I love a good facial.
I love to drink beautiful teas and wines.
I love beautifully made clothing and footwear.
I love to accessorise with footwear and bags.
At first glance these positions seem to be mutually exclusive and inherently contradictory. Or are they?
Lately I have been struggling with this aspect of myself. As I have written many times, I do love and crave the simple life. Conversely, I also enjoy and appreciate beautiful things. How does one marry the two and do so in an eco-friendly and sustainable way?
I work hard â as a Mum, a wife, business owner (of 3 businesses and counting!) and a student of Naturopathy. Sometimes I feel I deserve a little reward though I must confess to feeling a tad guilty from time to time.
How can you reward your hard working self, with a little spoiling, without compromising your ideals and values as eco-warrioresses?
Here are my ideas â would love to hear yours!
Switch your non-eco and un-natural products and items for more sustainable, more eco-friendly and Fair Trade options. Just because something is eco-friendly doesnât mean it canât be luxurious too.
For example switch your normal hand cream to something from Weleda, AâKin or the Dr Hauschka range. These VERY luxurious and all natural products are created by extremely ethical companies and their ranges are amazing.
Switch your make up products to Ere Perez which is a natural brand â they make wonderful mascara and itâs a real treat playing with their make-up counter at my local Health Food Store.
When getting a facial, I will ask for and use a facialist who ONLY uses natural products. When I am REALLY indulging and having a manicure, I use eco-friendly, non-toxic nail polish and take it with me to the nail salon. When getting my hair done, I always ask for eco-friendly, ammonia free hair colour or use Henna colours. I have a little bit too much salt in my pepper these days and colouring helps keep on top of that. Not ready yet, at 29, to âgrow old gracefullyâ coz Iâm not old yet!
There are endless ways you can go more eco whilst still indulging yourself â it just takes a little research. Magazines like Peppermint, G and The Simple Life have great luxuries in there you can research and spoil yourself with and they are all eco-friendly, sustainable or Fair Trade. Guilt free spoiling â bring it on!
Yes, I admit it â I love clothes and fashion. Always have. I am not someone who dresses in the latest designs though. I am more of a classicist and prefer timeless pieces, good tailoring and quality fabrics. This wasnât always my approach to style however as I have matured, so have my tastes and desires for quality over quantity or trends.
This alone is a more eco-friendly approach because it means you take time looking for the items which will fit in with what you already have, which you can wear in myriad ways and which are of the best possible quality. The French are possibly the best at this way of dressing â they have a simple, minimal approach to fashion in terms of pieces and invest in good quality, lasting pieces that are timeless. They then pair these with up the times accessories like scarves, bags, shoes, jewellery to refresh their look. It might be the same âLittle Black Dressâ worn over and over but when a French woman does it, you never notice because they change the look so often, just by accessorising.
These days, I search for things made in Australia, Italy or England because the quality is so much better and they are local economies. I donât ship items from overseas but rather buy vintage and second-hand in Australia from companies that make items in England or Italy. Great quality shopping for a fraction of the cost and very eco-chic.
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I donât think I have bought anything NEW in weeks, maybe months. Every item for myself and my family has been vintage; sourced from The Salvation Army, St Vinnies or the âboutiqueâ op-shops in our area. I donât buy just anything though.
I will look for quality fabrics and finishes, or the brands that I know are good quality; i.e. Marks & Spencer for their cashmere cardigans, Burberry or House of Cashmere for scarves, Cue and Country Road for work-wear. I have kitted out my entire new-sized wardrobe (I was a 6 â 8 and now Iâm a 10 â 12) from op-shops and vintage shopping.
Occasionally, we strike it lucky and get something very unique like genuine Ostrich boots, Hermes` pants for my husband or a vintage Burberry scarf. These purchases make us happy because someone has loved them before us and whilst we are indulging we are not adding pressure to our Earth by buying new. I get a thrill finding something truly fashion forward or fabulous when op-shopping.
So there are some of the things I do so I can still the finer things in life, occasionally, whilst still maintaining my values and looking after the planet.
What are your solutions to this quandary of occasionally lux-ing for less whilst being eco? I would love to hear your thoughts!
The Eco Mum xo