12 months, 12 goals: halfway there

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Hey guys, I’m doing it. I’m achieving my goals! I was so discouraged a couple months ago when I wasn’t achieving my ethics-minded resolutions on my one month timelines. Turns out that I was taking steps to meet my goals the whole time.

Since January, I’ve purchased most of my clothes and accessories secondhand (thredup is awesome), handmade (Seamly.co), or fair trade (Mata Traders). I’ve also explored my local fair trade and consignment shops, started shopping at more mindful grocery stores, and written an article on the state of the garment industry. And just today, I spread the word about fair trade in my community as part of World Fair Trade Day. As I move into the summer months and have a bit more time on my hands, I plan to organize and purge the house of clutter, as well as paint the bookshelves in our library. It’ll be a good time to think about ethical options for home goods.

I’m learning that keeping this list in my mind is helping to push me toward more sustainable habits even if they don’t happen on the neat timeline I set for myself in January.

  1. Learn to sew.
  2. Shop local.
  3. Shop handmade.
  4. Donate to a microloan organization.
  5. Invest in a fair trade garment.
  6. Write an article on the state of the garment industry.
  7. Explore more fair trade food options.
  8. Start a petition that demands manufacturing transparency.
  9. Spread the word about fair trade in my community.
  10. Shop secondhand.
  11. Accumulate less.
  12. Seek out ethical home goods. 
*Items in bold are additions to my original list.

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About Leah

I have a vintage clothing company called Platinum & Rust (.com). I'm also passionate about fair trade and sustainability issues; I work at a fair trade, organic coffee shop and blog about sustainable fashion at StyleWiseGuide.com.
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