Compulsive Shopping Syndrome
July, the month of vacation time, strolls on the beach, freedom… or so I thought until I realized how many messages I have received asking me when our sales are on.
So much so that it seems there is no freedom or disconnecting at all….. thousands of people glued to their phones, standing in lines for the next possible SALE.
Instead of vacationing people seem to be going nuts and looking for bargains…. In case you didn’t know the rhythm of your lifestyle is linked to compulsive shopping.
Thousands of people spending their money to try and feel better without even thinking about who makes their clothes or how this type of compulsive shopping hurts our environment and sometimes even supporting modern day slavery.
How about you spend some time reading about workers rights and what actually goes on when you buy cheap clothing and what happens to that item when you discard it. (Non profits or second hand resellers often don’t manage to re sale the item which means it mostly end up at a dump, burned and filling the air we breathe with toxins…. Messing with our water systems and our oceans)
The more you read, the more you realize its time for change.
It is not only about clothing, it is much more than that. What you read about workers rights in the garment industry, is happening in other industries as well.
It is about realizing who the beneficiaries are of these sales.
It is about investing your money into the world you want to create.
One of the reasons labor trafficking is still prevailing, specially in the garment industry and in agriculture is because it is advantageous to the commercial traders; it is no secret that in the occidental world everything is based on the philosophy of “more” and while we produce more demand somewhere someone is benefiting.
According to worldwide numbers of modern day slavery researched by the International Labor Society and the Walk Free foundation, it is estimated that approximately 40,3 million people were victims of modern day slavery on any given day in 2016. Of this number, 24,9 million were in jobs they were forced to do.
Also the industry named “Fast fashion” is prospering and constantly changing, seasons come and go more quickly than ever , buyers are manipulated looking at your closets and seeing clothing that's "outdated," in order to keep you buying outfits that will again go out of style in a few short weeks.
One of the reasons I believe in Slow Fashion is because I truly believe it is a form of minimalism.
In addition, by putting an end to shopping compulsively and becoming aware of our ethical values, we have to reduce our consuming to the minimum. That is when ethical and sustainable clothing will stop being as expensive, because you will buy less and things will last longer and you will be investing in a cleaner and better world.
So I am going to take the opportunity to answer all those inquiries I have been getting to tell everyone we don’t have SALE here at Maria Malo.
Firstly because we continue to value our items in the same way even as time pases, secondly because they are irreplaceable and last but not least because we will probably be making the same design year after year, playing with new colours and designs.
If we can start becoming more conscious with what we wear, we will in addition learn more about our bodies, honoring them and allowing us to make changes naturally.
Try and be more creative with each piece in your closet, combining it several different ways and using them for every type of occasion.
Choose consciously, support companies that are transparent and support the minorities, women, vulnerable societies, agriculture and our environment.
I think fashion It's an art form directly related to bodies—not just the ones that wear the clothes, but also the ones that make them. Your purchase tell a story about your values, and you can choose that your story reads redemption and justice, and that sometimes means not to buy at all.
Enjoy the summer!