There’s a new Everlasting Apparel post for you today and it’s a good one! I found Susie’s beautiful blog, Ciao Eco Lifestyle, through her Instagram and instantly fell in love with her beautiful pictures. It seriously makes you want to travel to Italy right this minute. Go check it out, but first read watch she’s got to share about her favourite everlasting piece:
Fair fashion is not only about buying products that are made in fair and sustainable way, but also about taking care of the items you already own. This way they will look nicer longer, you can wear them for a longer time and you won’t have to throw them away too soon. Sounds logical, right? I think so, so I want to start a small ‘series’ of how to best take care of your clothes, your shoes, your handbags (etc). I’m not an expert by far, so if you have any more tips please let me know :) I’m kicking of this series by sharing my favourite ways to take care of my shoes. I must admit – for a very long time I have neglected cleaning my shoes and what’s even worse – I just bought cheap shoes at H&M or Zara that I threw away after one season. The epitome of fast fashion. I’m trying to be better now – I’m not buying cheap shoes anymore and I’m trying to clean my shoes on a regular basis. Since I was absolutely clueless how to do this when I started, here are my (and my grandma’s) most important tips:
1 | Go to a professional to fix your broken shoes. I had a pair of brogues with missing heels I really liked and it just cost 10 € to repair them and took two days. Cheaper, more sustainable and easier than buying new!
2 | Use shoe stretchers, especially on leather shoes. Wooden ones at best.
3 | Only wear your leather shoes every second day. They need that break because they store the moisture of your feet (even if you don’t necessarily sweat much).
4 | Use a shoehorn when putting on your shoes. Yes, even though you’re not that old yet ;)
5 | Buy shoes that actually fit. Yes, the smaller size might be almost okay, but your feet and shoes won’t thank you for sizing down.
6 | Don’t put your shoes next to the heater if they got wet. Give them time to dry completely, otherwise the leather will crack.
7 | Clean the shoes you’ve worn about every two weeks. Make sure the products you use are right for the material of your shoes!
Step 1 | Brush your shoes off with a stiff brush.
Step 2 | Use a soft cloth and leather soap to clean your shoes of any dirt.
Step 3 | Use another soft cloth to put on shoe cream and/or shoe wax. I don’t want to own millions of different colours of shoe cream so I always use the transparent kind, but you can go for different colours as well.
Step 4 | Finish with a polishing cloth and your shoes will look as good as new!
And that’s it! Easy as that – and you will have fun with your pretty shoes for so much longer :)
As of yesterday, I have finished writing my Bachelor’s Thesis. I still have to change a few bits and actually hand it in, but it’s finished! And it feels, like a giant weight has been lifted of my chest. Now that part of my life is finally over, there’s time to make some plans and summer goals for a great season ahead – even though the weather doesn’t actually feel like summer at the moment…
+ Get a tan. Which takes a loong time for me.
+ Find a great (sustainable) bathing suit. Do you have tips for great sustainable bathing suits?
+ Finish cleaning out my closet.
+ Start learning Spanish again. I’ve installed Duolingo again and it’s fun!
+ Make iced coffee. Raspberry milk is very high up on my list as well.
+ Visit two museum exhibitions.
Making the switch to a sustainable lifestyle is hard. There are so many options, so many opinions and – it’s more expensive. I get that. It’s still totally worth it though. So today, I’m sharing five small ways with you that will hopefully help you chill and live a bit more sustainably (without having to struggle):
Allow yourself to experiment | It takes time to make the switch. It is hard. For me, for example, switching to natural cosmetics is a process of several years (the chemicals do have a purpose after all). I struggle with a lot of allergies, especially while using natural cosmetics. So I’m trying and trying to find products my skin and hair tolerate (and sometimes switch back to drugstore products as well). I don’t give up though because I care about supporting products that don’t put a toll on the environment!
Don’t try to start fresh | Just because you are committed to live a sustainable lifestyle, that doesn’t mean you can’t use your old stuff anymore. It is tempting to just purge and start with a clean slate, but this just puts a lot of pressure on your wallet and doesn’t really serve anybody.
Find out what you care about most | No sweatshops? Organic? Vegan? Locally produced? There is a lot to consider when it comes to conscious consumerism. I know a lot of people (and me too) who just give up because you can never do it ‘perfectly’. So forget perfect for a moment, choose the cause you care most about (for me, it’s the sweatshops) and stay committed to that one. Everything else is just an added bonus.
Buy organic what you eat most often | I read this tip on Me & Orla the other day and it makes so much sense: If you can’t buy all your groceries at the organic store, commit to buying what you consume most and go to a normal grocery store for the rest. For me, that’s milk, bread and coffee. You can always start buying more organic items, but it’s all about starting small.
Keep a flexible mind | Always stay open to learning more about how to do good in the way you consume. It is a very complex topic and there’s so many different influences to consider, so it’s very important to stay open to new ways of doing business.