The end of a year, end of a decade too. A prompt to reflect on all that we’ve done, on what’s changed, on what we want to do in the next year or ten. The end of this year also coincides with my year of no new clothes. Five months in, seven to go. I’m happy to report that it has got easier every month. … Continue reading Reflecting on five months of not shopping
This new form of fast fashion could just help us have our cake and eat it… Continue reading Why the new fast fashion might be more eco-friendly
Last Friday I woke up in my sleeping bag, on the floor of the wharenui (main meeting house) on Wairoa Marae in Tauranga, where I was learning more about the Māori economy, business, and the Treaty of Waitangi. My key takeaway from my stay was that whereas western businesses’ metric of success is the bottom line, for Māori businesses there are multiple, interwoven goals: social, … Continue reading Black Friday deals: what’s the damage?
Today marks the biggest shopping day of the year. Black Friday? Nope. Cyber Monday? Nope. Instead, it’s Singles’ Day, or 11.11, widely celebrated in China. Never heard of it? I hadn’t either, until today. I’ve just passed my 100 day milestone of no new clothes shopping, so have been deliberately staying away from any ‘shopping festival’ or ‘shopping holiday’. But seeing online retailer Alibaba take … Continue reading The biggest shopping day you’ve never heard of
I’m hoping that the next nine months won’t be as hard as the first nine weeks. Continue reading My three month milestone
We thought we’d done a good job of de-cluttering our lives before we put everything into storage back in August. But after living without most of our possessions for 40 days, we’ve got rid of even more since being reunited with them. Continue reading What I learned from 40 days without stuff