Summer is my favorite season for lots of reasons – fresh fruits, summer dresses and bikini season. And looong afternoons in garden (or at beach) spent with lemon water and books.

How to Be an Overnight Success by Maria Hatzistefanis

Not only a great self-help style and motivation book, but an amazing story of Maria Hatzistefanis, founder and CEO of Rodial, who takes you through the beggining of her luxurous skincare and beauty company in the office in her home, to campaings with mega stars like Kylie Jenner, prooving that everything is achievable and learnable with dedication, hard work and openmindness.

Kintsugi by Tomás Navarri

Kintsugi, ‘Golden Repair’, is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with gold laquer, which are interpretated as a history of object and symbol of beauty and strenght as well as fragility. By reading that book you will learn how to apply this philosophy to your spiritual and emotional life.

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind is a perfect readding that will help you to understand our own behaviours, based strongly at the very beggining of long process of shaping Homo Sapiens, to how we trapped ourfelves with Agricultural Revolution, to our future end. I highly recommend this honest and eye-opening book to everyone!

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

A must read – if you’re an artist, parent, passionate cooker, blogger, coin collector or bussinesswoman, this book will show you fresh, amazing approach to creating processes, including these most frustrating.

I’m not going to share a magic solution, simply because I don’t feel super confident about my knowledge regarding this BIG PROBLEM, as there is so much to cover. There is only one reasons, why I chose this topic: I want the best possible future not only for me, but my love and future family. There’s never a bad moment, when it comes to the future of OUR Mother Planet.

 

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To make a change, you don’t need to be extra-educated, have impressive bank account or invent something extraordinary. And moaning and complaining never changed anything – action does, as I’ve heard long time ago.

That’s why I decided to share my personal ways to stay sustainable. I chose fashion related examples, but these actions are flexible and can be adapted.

think before you buy

I mentioned it many times – if I’m not 100% I’m going to wear something for longer than 3 years, or if it’s going to be still in the good taste next year, I simply don’t buy it. Temptation is big, especially when you saw the 10th picture of top-influencer wearing that skirt on Instagram, but it’s not worth it, believe me – I ended up with that skirt worn once, thrown in the closets bottom.

quality over quantity

I’m a strong believer of quality, always. I also believe that if you spend more money on a product, you respect and care about it more. And I’m not thinking of the most expensive brands on market (yo, I’m on the budget as well!), but there are plenty ‘middle-shelf’ brands, and even a fast-fashion ones that offers amazing quality and originality. And having unhealthy amount of clothes, that are not a sparkle was and will never be my goal. Having amazing, original wardrobe, with timeless pieces, which I can expand wisely every year is.

questioning price

Why is a certain brand so cheap, while another one is asking 10x (or even more) for the same design? There are many reasons! And I don’t know which are worse – ones regarding breaking human rights, polluting environment, or stealing ideas? As much as my budget allows, I choose designs I’m 100% sure of!

plastic free life

I avoid plastic as much as possible! And not only on the grocery-plastic bag level! I switched my food containers to glass ones, I stopped buying plastic home accessories, bottles. Unfortunately, I still discover more and more products, especially fresh food, wrapped in unnecessary plastic bags.

as a costumer, you demand

There is no better way to change something, by letting the companies know what you want. You are not the fan of plastic wrapping products you order online or buy in store? Or you would like to get this t-shirt but made of more sustainable fabric, like hemp, rather than non-organic cotton? Share your opinion and let the producer know!

shop vintage

It’s just screaming ‘BENEFITS’! Vintage clothes are usually cheaper and more original! What is a chance of you spotting someone in the same dress you bought in your local second-hand store? Now ask the same question about dress bought on high street… Not to mention home decor treasures you can find!

 

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Happy Earth Day!

I don’t know one person who doesn’t own at least 3-4 pairs of jeans. Not to mention cotton tops, dresses, jackets and shoes.

IMG_6375It’s the most popular fabric in the world, but not many people know, that to produce only 1kg of cotton, between 10 000 to 22 500 liters of water is needed (depending on source of information). So beloved cotton has a big impact on Environment, and it’s not a good one, unfortunately. Cotton cultivation causes many problems as pollution, usage of pesticides, and most shocking and devastating – Aral Sea, 4th the largest lake in the world, shrinking ‘thanks to’ cotton cultivation in that area. Thankfully big steps were made and restoration project came to life – big part of North Aral Sea is coming back to life, but we wouldn’t have that problem, if prevented.

I am a big fan of natural sources, and even now, when I have more knowledge about cotton, it’s still one of my favorite, easiest accessible and comfortable fabrics to wear. Without a doubt, cotton overtook fashion, but it doesn’t mean you, as a costumer, can’t make a difference! There IS plenty you can do!

 

ASK!

As a costumer, you have a right to know everything about the product you wish to purchase. If more people ask, for example, if that pair of jeans is made of organic cotton, it will create a clear signal to producers. Ask, research the company and the product, read the labels or chatt/write an e-mail to costumer service. Demand creates supply!

 

BUY LESS!

Owning 1 good quality product, that serves you ages is ALWAYS better that 5 products of the same use, but in poor condition, thrown away after 20 uses. I own many pairs of jeans, but all of them are different (cause do you really need another pair of light blue mum jeans, but this time ripped 2cm higher on the left tight?), and I bought them with intention of owning them for longer than one season. And yes, most of them are fast fashion, I still own and wear the same pair of mum jeans from Topshop bought in 2014, and I’m not willing to stop!

 

SELL!

If you really-really just can’t look at this denim jacket anymore, or it can’t fit you anymore, as all of us change with time (not only inside), you could always make a little effort and download apps like Depop or Vinted, take a picture of it, and post it! There is a big chance someone likes it and wants to buy it. You may also find something you like and even exchange! Your wallet is happy, you have more space in your wardrobe (possibly for something you really wanted for a looong time) and you have another ‘little’ green input!

 

VISIT SECOND HANDS!

I used to be ashamed as a kid to visit second hands, as probably most of us, but now, thankfully, for the sake of Mother Earth, it’s getting really popular and appreciated by more and more conscious society (unlike when I was a child), and has been appreciated by your wallet, as you could always, then as much as now, find some amazing pieces in budget friendly price! If it’s out of your comfort zone or you don’t have much of experience, you could always ask your friends to come with you, as it may turn out as a fun afternoon! You may laugh about me mentioning experience in regards to second-hand shops, but believe me – you will need to come with the strategy, as the amount of clothes may overwhelm. The best working for me is focusing on labels, then checking the style and condition, not bothering with mens and women section (I don’t do that even during shopping in stores that are not second hand) and having the thought at the back of your head that this day you may not find anything special for yourself and it shouldn’t make you less eager to explore the next times.

 

WAIT!

The classics are always a good reason to spend a little extra money on a better quality, but you need to remember that some trends, which last for a while and disappear, can, and usually do come back! Just look at the flared/wide leg jeans or denim jackets! They’re back stronger than ever, but 100% more original and authentic, when digged out from the bottom of your mothers wardrobe or second-hand! Investing in unique, pieces that you will wear with love for years is much better than mass execution of X-th pair of jeans you don’t really need at the till of fast fashion store (you pick which one). When loved and cared for and kept properly, could serve well you or your children and grandchildren in times of another rise of popularity of that piece!