Why I’m Giving Up Shopping for 3 Months

18th June 2019

shopping clothes hanger with orange background

Ok so a slightly misleading title. I’m not giving up shopping completely. I don’t think I have it in me to go full on no spend living. But what I am doing is giving up buying new clothes for 3 months. Which for a confessed shopaholic like me, this could be tricky.

Over the last 6 months I’ve been making a real effort to buy less clothes and think about the purchases I do make. Is the item good ¬†quality? Will it last me a long time? Does it spark joy? (And all that other Marie Kondo malarkey.) So I feel like I’ve started to gain a bit more control over my spending habits in the clothes department. But that doesn’t mean I’m perfect. Just two weeks ago I noticed I went a bit spend happy in a bid to find some holiday clothes. Which is ridiculous because my last holiday was only in September, and I thought I’d got my bases covered pretty well. But nope, that didn’t stop the old Bank of Scotland card from making one too many appearances for my bank account’s liking.

So here we are.

It’s time to take that control back again, and give it a proper go. The lovely people over at Collaction have come up with this 3 month clothing spending ban to raise awareness of the climate crisis we’re currently facing. Slow fashion is the hot topic on everyone’s tongues, and for good reason too. The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters on the planet, pumping toxins into local water streams and the ocean daily. Not only that, but it can take up to 2,700 litres of water just to make 1 cotton t-shirt? Fashion produces a ridiculous amount of greenhouse gases, more than international shipping and aviation combined!

Devastating right? Well, here’s how you can get involved with me. Sign up to the CollAction project & get involved with their community on Facebook or Instagram.

Don’t worry there are some benefits here for you too!
  1. You can seriously save yourself some pennies. Why not put the money you would have spent on a new top into your savings account? By the time the end of September comes around, you’ll have some extra cash in your pocket just in time for Christmas presents!
  2. You can still buy second hand! So get browsing eBay, Depop, or hit your local charity shops. Take time finding pieces you love and give a home to others unwanted items.
  3. Make it fun – why not swap clothes with your friends? Or host a swap shop? You can find some real bargains this way, and you can shift some clothes that aren’t sparking joy with you, but might make someone else’s heart sing.

If you do get involved, I’d love to hear about it & have a chat with you!

Just as a final point, this post isn’t sponsored in any way, I’m just super passionate about the planet! If you want to learn more about helping our planet, why not read my post here about 3 easy tips to be a little more sustainable.

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