This round-up of Ethical Web Love has us linking all over the proverbial shop – for buying less, sharing more, even buying nothing at all. Let’s get to it.
#1. It’s Buy Nothing New month in Oz this October. You can pledge, if that helps keep you honest – to beg, swap, barter or borrow so long as it’s been used before. I know some of the cynics among us like to dismiss the whole ‘awareness month’ thing as no substitute for lifestyle – but the buying nothing new movement has come a massively long way from being the shock/horror proposition it was when it started over in Vancouver, Canada as Buy Nothing New Day, circa 1992. Celebration, y’all!
This year, the team at Buy Nothing New have even got $5,ooo up for grabs for folks sharing their stories on how they do it, and they’re getting serious with their supporters to promote second-hand clothing trades. Check their blog for some favourited second hand stalls about Melbourne and Sydney. Like Like Like.
#2 is 1 Million Women. This site’s been increasingly pop up in side bars and twitter feed to the point of ubiquity, and now all of a sudden, it has my full attention. The goal is 1 million Australian women signed up to get on with climate action, leading by example and pledging to cut a minimum of 1 tonne of carbon dioxide from daily living over the course of a year. Easy Peasy. There’s nothing like a critical mass to make something cool for the masses. Get on board.
I signed up to the pledge on the spot, and by selecting from the list of basic habits on the site’s activity centre, I’ve realised that the actions I’m doing now already mean I’m putting 3 tonnes less CO2 in the atmosphere than I was, say 3 years ago. Woo! We all know that consuming less energy, reducing food waste and cutting back on transport are the bare minimum necessary for reducing our impact on the climate. From these basic actions, radical cuts to CO2 must follow. If I can help build momentum for making that seem normal, then 1 Million Women doing it will be freaking inspirational.
#3. Wardrobe Wonderland. I actually came across this kick-ass site via Buy Nothing New, and spent a good while perusing the reading material brought to us by up Melbourne-based writer Lara McPherson.
It’s always great to find quality critique and dialogue on the ethics of mass produced clothing, and understanding how integral fashion itself is to our mass consumer culture. Lara’s site is dedicated to all kinds of dialogue around creating the future of sustainable fashion industries right now. She tweets tirelessly on these issues, too. I’m also putting it out there that I can’t wait to bump into her in public one day and give her a giant pat on the back for all her work. She’s rocking my internets of late, this lady.
#4 continues riding on the good theme of attire, because… National Swap Day is coming up on Monday 24th October! Gee damn, there are some excellent ethical consumer initiatives bouncing around town this month!
Ethical Clothing Australia has details on their site about the National Clothing Swap Day, held in collaboration with The Clothing Exchange. Details about specific Clothing Exchange Events can be found on these sites, including some serious sartorial swapping taking place at Fed Square this coming Monday 17th October. (I must flag that both these sites share some confusion about the actual date of National Swap Day- Monday in October has to be the 25th!)
And before I absolutely wrap up – I wanna SHOUT OUT that we have a Giveaway goin’ on and we want your thoughts! Our friends at Suvana are helping us help you to a tube of their delicious, organic honey and paw paw balm. Seriously petrochemical free. We have 2 up for grabs, guys!
Just tell us – either below, on our Facebook Page, or on Twitter: Where are your ethical values at the moment? What’s on your consumer-conscious mind? What aspects of life (and shopping) are your no-compromise zones? What’s your ethical line in the sand? Are you buying nothing new?
We want to hear from you! And if you want to stay in touch, please sign on up to our newsletter. It’s a weekly wrap up of Superéthique news and happenings. Keepin’ it simple! Mwah (xx).