Consume with Care

June 5th was the United Nation’s World Environment Day. This year’s theme was “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” We as consumers have the power to enact change simply through the things we buy – and don’t buy. According to the UN Environment Program, “By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our way of life. Living well within planetary boundaries is the most promising strategy for ensuring a healthy future.”

Vavavida, for example, uses recycled materials in many of their designs. such as recycled paper beads in their Healing Hearts necklace, or even recycled animal bones in this Shiva Slink bracelet. My personal favorite, the Tara Hira Necklace uses “upcycled” copper and brass.

The latest new in the fast fashion industry is the Rana Plaza owners being charged with murder. Bangladesh authorities have filed murder charges against 41 people involved in the Rana Plaza collapse, a 2013 disaster near the capital of Dhaka that killed 1,139 workers and injured thousand. Among those charged with murder are the building’s owner Sohel Rana, his parents, and more than a dozen government officials.

It feels as though the world is finally ready for a change. People are now craving something different: quality, accountability, and connection. People care more than ever about the story behind the products they buy and are more educated about them than ever before.

However, we cannot wait for the big players of the fashion industry to change on their own. We are responsible for creating the change we want to see in mass-market fashion labels both in how they treat their workers and how they treat our environment.

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