The word "blogger" does not seem to have a positive connotation nowadays. I think that might be one of the hardest things to admit and process, when you are in fact a blogger. Like me.
The word alludes to vanity, selfishness, superficiality, consumerism and overall emptiness. It could be argued that being a blogger, is easy. There definitely seems to be a recipe on social media on how to be one; cute pictures of food, crop tops and aesthetics?
Today, I want to fight all of those assumptions that people make about bloggers. Honestly, I'm not trying to change the world, or even change you (the reader), but I do want to talk about something important and close to my heart. That is the responsibility I have as a member of the social media community, and how crucial it is that I use my platforms to spread positive messages and open conversations about topics of relevance.
Costa Rica is one week away from it's Fashion Summit. The Costa Rican Fashion Summit is a nonprofit organization that aims to support local designers penetrate international markets, at the same time, it looks to install sustainability in the fashion industry. In other words, it wants locals to start paying attention to the environment, and recognize how their fashion could be more responsible with regards to the subject.
As I said before, I am not looking or expecting to change your life with this post. I do hope that my following advice helps you be more conscious when shopping, and allows you to navigate the fashion world while exercising your ability to take care of the environment.
Vintage shopping is the best shopping
Honestly, vintage shops in New York are a gift from God. Think of them like treasure hunts. I know it takes time to sort through all the BS in a shop, but it's worth it.
Shopping for vintage tees, dresses, accessories or coats is far less harmful than shopping for new ones at mass retailers every time a new season comes around. Think that the clothes you buy at these massive stores, are made so that they don't last, and that you are forced to buy their new collections…
Live in Costa Rica? My favorite vintage shops, aside from the "Americanas", are Instagram shops like @de.noche.vintage and @lachicadelpelorojo
Live in LA or NY? Well, lucky you! You probably already know all the cool ones. A well known luxury vintage go-to store for fashion stylists and celebrs is @whatgoesaroundnyc
Girl, get your accessories right!
Good accessories can make or break an outfit. Again, when buying new ones make sure you are investing in quality pieces that will not make your skin green.
Want statement earrings? Try ones made my hand by artisans. Need a new bag? Opt for an artisan made one, as well. Its 100% worth the quality- plus the one pictured in these pictures comes with a signed card from the person that made it. Mine was made by Ana from Peru.
Rework that denim.
Denim is pretty harmful to the environment. Check out a couple of facts below from Earth Diva's blog:
"Consider a simple pair of “weathered” or “stone washed” jeans. Jeans are weathered using volcanic pumice stones. These pumice stones have to be mined and shipped to denim companies all over the world. That’s a huge carbon footprint right there."
"Distressing denim also puts small particles of denim and silica into the air, which is then breathed in by factory workers."
Consider how much water denim companies use to wash and reuse those jeans to give that super cool “distressed” look. The Levi’s plant outside El Paso, TX, uses 15% of the city’s water supply. Just for that one plant.
And what about the cotton used to make our jeans? You might be shocked to find out that it takes 1,500 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make just one pair of jeans. Not to mention all the pesticides and fertilizers that are used to make it grow.
Almost all the cotton grown in the U.S. is shipped to China once it's harvested. China is the world’s leading producer for apparel (including denim). So this transfer of materials back and forth adds to the carbon footprint.
The dyes used to turn that cotton blue is also incredibly harsh on the environment. Tehuacan, Mexico, is one of the world’s largest producers of denim. The city used to be known for it’s beautiful hot springs and canals.
OK… So how do you alleviate the damage?
Rework your denim. Shop vintage denim, and alter jeans to fit your body. Or, add fabric to denim for a fresh look. Another cool example or reworked denim, is this strapless top made from an old denim skirt. I got this one made by Costa Rican designer Andrea Kader.
Did you like this post? Will you consider implementing some of these hacks? Let me know…
The Costa Rican Fashion Summit is taking place on August 3-4 2017. Email email@example.com for more info on how to attend.
PH Creds Josue Zuñiga