MINDFUL PURCHASE (Make your own Checklist)
The purchase checklist is not a just a shortcut towards frugal spending, it is a solution to tackle the increasing menace of consumeristic culture created during the last few decades.
Dwij lists the most important parameters to reflect prior to purchasing. The underlying concept of the checklist is to encourage the consumer to create a long term view behind every purchase. Starts with asking ourselves, do we really desire to purchase this? This is important not just for the present moment. Does the purchase really match my needs and preferences over a long period of time?
In the age of fast fashion, manufacturers seldom pay attention to durability. A highly durable product ensures that the product can at least be used by someone else, in case you wish to discard.
A cotton garment takes approx. 6 months to 1 year to decompose. Other natural fibres such as wool, silk, lyocell or hemp too fall in a similar category. In contrast, a synthetic garment such as acrylic, nylon, polyester or other petroleum based elements take anywhere between 20 years to 200 years to decompose. Applying some basic math, its logical that you should be wearing your synthetic garment around 100-200 more times than a natural fabric garment. Do we really do that ?
Look out for such ones where the fabric of many garments can be remade into another outfit with a trendy design, once you are bored of the existing one.
Upcycling is a process of converting an garment into another value added item by retaining the original characteristics of the fabric. Recycling is the process of transforming the original material into a new form. For these processes, it is preferred that the material be of a single type. Look out for products that are designed for disassembly.
Look out for garments that can easily be repaired or stitched back.
Do you know whether the brand that you are purchasing is known for its sustainable and ethical practices? This also includes having socially respectful working condition across its entire supply chain.
Of course one cant have a perfect solution for everything one wears, what we are just saying is “Make Mindful purchase”.