14 Items on My Must-Have List for 2019
Every year, I like to take a good look at my wardrobe and put everything in my closet into one of three categories. Those categories are: keep, repair, replace. I feel as though this is the year for replacing. Anybody ever get around to taking stock of what they have to realize . . . it’s all at the end of its life? That’s how I’m feeling right now.
In a recent blog, I shared three reasons why I think collecting items slowly is the most sustainable way to shop. Creating a list of your needs (and wants) is essential to living out this principle, otherwise we’re likely to make impulse buys.
In addition to the three closet categories above, I have one more that I’m always filtering things in and out of. I call it, the “want” category. Typically, trends and well-advertised brands/items make their way into this category. Because I know I’m easily swayed, I wait long periods of time to consider the items, shuffle them around, and more often than not they get kicked off the list just about as quickly as they came in.
I always try my best to wait until any want/need items are available second-hand (on Noihsaf), but more often then not I’m buying them directly from the online shops in order to support sustainable business. Additionally, if I find to-die-for items that aren’t sustainable or on this list at a thrift shop, it’s likely that I’ll snatch them up. This list isn’t my style bible by any means, but it does serve as a method for me to shop consciously and responsibly in an effort to cut down on frivolous and impulse spending. (Click the images to shop the look!)
About the brand: Allbirds uses both recycled and earth-conscious materials, and are a certified B-Corp company.
10. Watch Band
*This company is not ethical or sustainable!*
My husband bought me a watch from DW for a wedding gift two years ago (before either of us were conscious consumers) and the watch band is almost completely shot. So, what’s the most sustainable option in this situation? Replace the band, but not the watch itself. I certainly don’t need a new watch face, so it’d be silly to replace the hardware when it’s still in working condition. In this case, replacing the band is the most sustainable option!
Even as I scroll through this list, I’m thinking of other items I want. But do I need them? Not really. And realistically, to add any other full-price items to this list would be defeating the entire purpose: to cut down on frivolous and impulse buys.
I encourage you to create your own list of wants and needs for this year, and try your hardest to stick to it! (Outside of thrifted buys, unless you’re totally hardcore about the list concept.) I can guarantee you will find more contentment in what you own when you have a goal in mind, and you will save money in the long run! Leave a comment letting me know what items are on your list!