Happy Earth Day, everyone! I was trying to figure out how to celebrate it, and realised that I am pretty happy with our levels of recycling, supporting local and organic farmers, and saving energy whenever we can. I still take too-long showers and should give up meat altogether, but I hope to get there one day. Dana informed me today that a 2006 United Nations report found that the meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than all the cars, planes, trucks and ships in the world - more reasons to either go vegetarian or only buy local and organic!
After getting that big handful of cash due to my recycling efforts at Plato's Closet, Earth Day is also a good time for me to re-think whether I am really going to buy that pair of Swedish Hasbeens. For the past two days I have been trying to figure out whether to get them or not, namely this pair in particular:(image: http://www.swedishhasbeens.com/)
1. They are handmade from start to finish.
2. They are made of natural materials.
3. They are awfully pretty, and I have been looking for something similar for a long time now.
4. They are practical - sturdy and closed-toe, meaning I can wear them during several seasons.
5. After calculating price-per-wear, I think they would be an economical choice.
6. I have the money - and it came from recycling my old clothes.
1. $250 is an awful lot for a single pair of shoes.
2. They are trendy right now - am I convinced that I will wear them next year too, and the year after?
3. The company tells you up front that they are difficult to maintain in pristine condition.
There are more pros than cons, but the cons are pretty heavy, especially the question of money. One the one hand, the money I have came from my recycled clothes, which is a good thing. On the other, I have lost count as to how many times I have promised myself to only buy things that I absolutely love, regardless of whether I might have to save money for a year in order to purchase them. It is just so hard for me to spend the money, even if buying less is better from the consumerist point of view, especially if the end result is something I can wear for years to come. I love the clogs, I really do, but there is still a voice in my head that keeps telling me what other things I could get for much cheaper, and also one that tells me to give the money to charity, because, really, do I need a new pair of shoes?
It really is the need-to-get-new-things-often-disease that is difficult to shake off. I admire Chris for focusing on buying clothes rarely, but when he does, he gets it right, he buys things that last, and he wears his clothes until they expire quite literally. I am too much of a hoarder to do the same, but I do feel like I have to start making better decisions at some point. As for the Swedish Hasbeens, I think it might be a good start to get them, and wear them with the love and devotion they deserve.
P.S. NYC Fashionista asked me where our garden containers are from: we ordered them at Lowe's. They come in a kit you assemble yourself, with all the bolts and things you need, and you are able to make them into different shapes and sizes. We made two 4 ft x 4 ft ones, and two 8 ft x 4 ft ones - lots of space for veggies!
P.P.S. I am sorry for being so behind with replying to comments or visiting your blogs - I appreciate all of your comments tremendously, and need to get my act together!
Blue blouse: second hand / Aino flea market
Lace vest: vintage / Rosie's old
Shorts: second hand Sportmax / Ruuturouva
Knee socks: H&M
Scarf: second hand / Aino flea market