So I’ve been at this blog thing a whole year now…yep, it’s a shock to me also.
It’s crazy how much has changed and what has stayed the same over the past year. I’ve begun to look at things differently. Before, I would ask why is something so expensive. Now I question why it’s so cheap. I kid you not. I saw an ad on Facebook the other day and saw these beautiful hand block printed tapestries for $30 and seriously asked out loud “Why is that so cheap?” (I’d like to apologize to the person that nearly ran into me as I stopped abruptly, I was a little shocked.) This was a shop selling hand made mandala prints made with organic cotton and vegan dyes and they were $20-$30. It made absolutely no sense to me. So I did what I always did when I’m curious. I sent them an email. I haven’t heard back yet. But, this got me thinking about how much I’ve changed. I was always looking for bargains. always looking to spend as little money as possible, and, for the most part, that hasn’t really changed. However, when companies tell me they are trying to do things better and still manage to sell hand made goods that no doubt take hours to produce, I expect the price to reflect that. When it doesn’t I begin to question things.
It’s been an interesting journey with me learning one thing after another and often wanting to throw up my hands and give up on the whole thing all together. The only reason I held on sometimes was knowing that this was where God wanted me. It was so hard to have people discrediting others work in order to make their way seem like the better way. From all the research I’ve done, I’ve learned one thing. There is NO perfect solution. There is NO perfect fabric. There is NO perfect process. There isn’t anything that has ZERO impact.
It would be great if we could all just embrace each other and enjoy the fact that people are trying, even those companies that are “greenwashing”, because it means that they recognize that this is something people care about. In a perfect world we’d recognize that if we all did things the same way, that would cause other problems, so the diversity within the ethical community is actually a good thing. No scratch that, it’s a GREAT thing! Can you imagine the damage we’d cause if all our clothing was made from only cotton, or only tencel? Especially since we’ve yet to curb our desire for more and more things. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. The real problem here is overconsumption. What we could really learn is a little moderation.
**Outfit courtesy of my new favorite thrift store, Revolution Thrift. Check them out!