SverigesRadio sent a very good podcast about Slow Fashion a couple of weeks ago. Since I have been studying the slow-movement a lot during the past years and wrote my bachelor thesis around the global fashion system I am very into this subject. I think the podcast gives a informative and good picture of the countermovement to fast fashion. And if you don't even are familiar with the concepts of fast and slow fashion I truly recomend to listen to this: 

Kultur i P1 - Slow fashion, när modebranschen synar sig själv
http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/783439?programid=767 
 
 One thing that is coming up over and over again is birthdays, christmas, exams etc when you are expected to buy gifts. This is a very nice gesture, accordning to me, but what it also gives up to is exagerated consumption of uneccesary things. To buy something just for the reason of buying and giving is not very wise, not for the person who has to make room for this new thing, and not for the environment that has to sacrifies its scarce resourses for your gift to be produced. Lately I have been thinging of this a bit and for possible alternative and solutions that could replace this routine act of buying "crap-gifts" (excuse the expression). I concluded this: 

1. Buy an experience 
It can be a day at a spa, an outing together with you, a restaurant or café visit, concert-tickets etc. This kind of consumption (mostly) is much more environmental friendly, it stimulates the local society and it gives your friend a true memory and joy that will last much longer than what the joy of another candle lantern or trendy scarf will do..
 
 

2. Buy something that is useful and will last for a long time
Lately I have been asking my family for really sustainable and practical things for my future home for christmas and birthday-gifts. I think it is great to collect things that I can use in my everyday-life later on and cherish and take care of so that it will last maybe even for my grand-children. The iron pot on the image above is one of these things. I got it as a present from my family when I finished my bachelor studies. For my birthday this year I wish to recieve a sewing mashine from a well known mark so that I can repare and sew things by myself, and also be able to take it to serivce if I ever get a problem with it.

3. Give money to an organization in his/her name
Nowadays many organizations have "gift-shops" where you can buy cards that supports their important work. Some allow you to choose exactly what to support (eg. to buy a goat for a family), and some are using the money in the way that serves the people and the projects within the organization best. I personaly love the cards that Diakonia is selling since 2015 with beautiful and wise quotes.
 
This is my favorite among the cards from Diakonia. See the rest of them here
 
4. Do something yourself
According to me, nothing gives more joy than a work of a pair of hands. Especialy if you are good at arts and crafts you should defenitly take advatage of that and design and make your own presents for your loved ones. But remember that it's not sustainable or environmental friendly just because you do it yourself. Craft-materials can do as much harm as other products so take notice of what you use - try to do recycling-craft and buy environmental counscious glue and other tools if you need that. It is also a good idea to make really useful things so that, once again, we don't contribute to the garbage mountain.

Do you have more ideas of counscious presents or gifts? Please share in a comment!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Efter att ha genomgått en garderobsrensing enligt Anna och Emmas tips från microkursen "Aktivera din garderob" som jag tipsat om här nedan har jag haft ett berg av utgallrade prylar och kläder liggandes i extrarummet här hemma. För att bli av med en del grejer bestämde jag mig för att prova den nya tjänsten "Sellpy". Sellpy är ett nystartat företag som erbjuder hjälp med försäljning av begagnade prylar. Du skickar efter en Sellpy-påse som helt gratis levereras hem till dig. Hemma fyller du sedan påsen med dina prylar och så kommer Sellpy och hämtar upp påsen hos dig, alternativt lämnar du den på ditt närmaste Schenker-ombud om Sellpy ännu inte erbjuder upphämtning i ditt kvarter.
 
Sellpy-påsen redo att fyllas. 
 
Jag tyckte det var otroligt smidigt att beställa påsen. Det gick lätt att förstå systemet och påsen var rymlig men behändig att fylla och ta med till mitt Schenker-ombud. 
Nu återstår att se hur det går med försäljningen. På www.sellpy.se och www.tradera.com läggs prylarna upp för försäljning. Av det som säljs går 50 % till Sellpy och 50 % till dig. Det som inte säljs skänks vidare till Stockholms Stadsmission eller i sista hand till återvinning. 

Packad och klar
 
Jag tror verkligen på fler sånna här typer av tjänster och system där vi kan få våra redan producerade prylar i rullning. Börjar man väl rensa och rota lite bland sina saker märker man lätt hur mycket som finns där och hur lite man faktiskt använder. Att göra sig av med prylar och börja leva lite enklare ger utrymme för att ta hand om det som man har och faktiskt tycket om bättre och minskar slentrianköp av saker som det visade sig att man redan hadde. I alla fall för mig. Och får vi ett bra system på andra handsförsäljning kan vi roa oss med förnyelse på ett mycket mer resursbesparande sätt. Så tummen upp för mer utrensning och mer second hand-shopping!