The central message of Low Impact Life is to stop buying unecessary things and stuff that’s used only a couple of times before hitting the trash. To reflect before each purchase if you really need it? What value will it add in the long term? Is it worth the time of my life it took to earn the money to buy it? Are there more sustainable alternatives like borrowing, renting or buying second hand? Our homes are full of so much stuff that we rarely use. Less is more!
Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution
This definition from the blog the Minimalists I think is a good description since it’s not a one fits all lifestyle. What you value might be completely different to what I value but the point is that you need to sit down and figure out what has meaning for YOU. We really don’t need to have so much stuff. Most come from societal pressures that without this (fill in the blank) you will not be happy, attractive, loved strong or whatever. But things don’t give you long term pleasure.
He who buys what he does not need steals from himself
For me it has been a long process to move from my former hoarding self to a more minimalistic person. The former me saved everything so it has been a journey in many steps of letting stuff go.
Read more about companies that offer sustainable alternatives to buying new stuff here (in Swedish) Hyra, dela & second hand.
Fast Fashion which is the name for fashion that no longer has season but new stuff is produced constantly and cheaply. The true cost of the clothes are payed by the factory workers and the environment. The fashion industry is the second most polluting industy after the fossil fuel industry. We in the western world are so detached from what is happening in the fashion industry and we don’t stop to think what that top bought for no money at all does to the environment and people all around the world.
The fashion industry is an increadibly chemical intense sector from cotton plant to clothes. Pesticides in the cotton plantations. Iron which is nerve damaging is present in clothes coloring. Hormone disrupting phthalates are used in the print for tops. Formaldehyde which is both an allergenic and carcinogenic, is used as anti wrinkle and anti shrink agent. There are bacteria killing biocides in work out clothes. In short nothing I want to have close to my skin!
Read more in my Low Impact Life Guide.
More info on how to avoid chemicals and minimize consumption:
- What I learnt from my year of buying nothing new
- My buy nothing new goal (6 month update)
- Why second hand rocks
- Start a Capsule wardrobe
- Tips för att undvika farliga kemikalier
- Hållbara alternativ till att köpa nytt
Posts about sustainable choices if you have to buy something (in Swedish):
If you want to learn more I can recommend: