Can I be totally honest with you? I have some really cool friends.
The kind of friends who have an impeccable eye for style and design and carry around vintage shopping secrets so good that they can’t even tell you. They are the kind of friends who oh-so casually run an amazing vintage and handcrafted shop with products that people at Urban Outfitters would die to get their hands on, plus, they are just the loveliest humans on the planet. Sigh.
So, you can only imagine how delighted I am to have Amanda and Stephanie of Sojourn sharing their holiday picks on The Basic Goods (very) and before I give them the floor, a note about vintage.
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This year was the year that I really tried to keep my resolutions. I became much more aware of my role and influence as a consumer and not only that but vowed to be as conscious of one as possible. I won’t lie to you, it wasn’t easy and I failed often; slowly but surely learning along the way that in this product-driven age sometimes there is no right way to do things. You simply have no way of knowing just how effective certain sustainable business practices actually are and how to separate the wheat from chaff. As optimistic and hopeful humans we tend to assume that what large and even small companies try to sell us on is totally true, and easily succumb to the trappings of a product labeled as “ALL NATURAL!” even though we probably have our sneaking suspicions that it isn’t.
In my very humble opinion, what we do need to be is smart and savvy buyers. In an ideal and sustainable world we would buy less and reuse more, we would know about the latest green technologies and try our best to incorporate them into our lives, and we would be less concerned with instant gratification and possessing things we want rather than having the things we truly need. However, as Americans, and what is an increasingly Westernized global society, we don’t live in a culture that supports the “less is more” philosophy and so there are tens of thousands of new products being manufactured every day that make it around the world and back only to be laid to rest in overflowing landfills. Continue reading 5 Kinds of Eco-Friendly Products to Use More of in 2016