Mindset Shift: Going From Fast Fashion to Slow Livingdeveloper
Some time ago Brittany of Pineal Vision Jewelry inquired about sustainable jean overalls in our Facebook group, I was intrigued by her journey which took her from following the latest fast fashion and style bloggers to shifting all her attention towards slow fashion and ethical bloggers. She tells her story here.
I’ve always been very connected to the earth ever since I can remember. I was the quite, observant kid who would paint on the easel by myself while all the other kids played “house.” I always enjoyed this time by myself. I’ve never felt alone in nature as well, while exploring the wooded areas and grassy fields.
Growing older, and coming from a family who isn’t really aware of how we’re destroying the environment, it took a while for me to notice and take action in doing my part in healing the earth. At 16 I learned about the huge “plastic island” floating out in the ocean which changed the way I thought about disposal. (If you ask me, I think there’s something wrong with it taking that long for me to find out about it). I made a suggestion to my mother that we needed to start recycling. So we got a few recycling bins, and I thought I was doing my part.
A couple years later I was scrolling through the documentaries on Netflix looking for something to watch. A week later and about 10 documentaries consumed, everything I once knew about our world was completely flipped upside down, yet everything finally made clear sense. I watched everything from the Zeitgeist Movement to the Fast Food industries to spiritually awakening documentaries like DMT: The Spirit Molecule. I was blown away that no one else was thinking about these things. And yet no one believed me when I told them about the impact we are having on the earth. So I stopped talking. I hid away never to speak of it again. Meanwhile I felt like I wasn’t in control because of where I lived, how I lived and not knowing how I could possibly manage being 100% sustainable in everything I do.
Thanks to some of those documentaries I was mentally unemployable. So when I was 23 I started my first online jewelry business making organic hemp macrame jewelry. I loved knowing that what I was making was 100% biodegradable. But as I grew in my jewelry making journey, I started dabbling in copper electroforming, which is far from Green. Working with chemicals was a huge change and I’ve never been happy with the process, but I couldn’t deny how much I loved working with metal. I had to figure out a way to satisfied both needs of making my soul happy as well as the earth. So I’ve been doing everything I can that’s within my control to be as sustainable as possible in this medium.
I’ve been using only recycled copper wire that my boyfriend (who’s an electrician) pulls from jobs that would’ve otherwise gone through the refining process. I also started to source my gemstones more ethically and working mostly with raw stones to cut down on the energy needed to cut/polish them into cabochons (of course I LOVE how stones look in their natural state). I also buy from US suppliers whenever I possibly can. I’m even bringing organic hemp back into my work and combining the metal work with it to create a new collection.
I recently took up silversmithing to further evolve my metalsmithing skills. About 3 months ago I really started feeling like I need to be making more permanent choices in my life that contributed to living more sustainable. I found a wonderful group called Ethical Metalsmiths and then I found out about an amazing woman/metalsmith whos studio is certified Green in the state of California! Melissa Joy Manning has been my biggest inspiration in bringing in more eco-friendly practices into my own studio. I’ve been so happy knowing that it’s possible to be 100% sustainable while being a metalsmith!
Gaining More Clarity
When I met my boyfriend in 2012 he said something to me that would become forever ingrained in my mind, “what you put on your body goes in your body.” I’ve since switched everything I use from shampoo to lotion to 100% organic products. Some of my favorite products now are The Wonder Seed Lavender Hemp Lotion and Merry Hempsterps Peppermint Lip Balm.
I’m still in the very beginning stages of becoming sustainable, starting with my jewelry business and spilling over into my personal life and the choices I make when purchasing. I’ve since un-followed a plethora of fast fashion and style bloggers on social media and have found more ethical fashion bloggers to inspire my choices in cloths, beauty, food, home and lifestyle. I’m not a huge shopper but the next time I do make a purchase for myself I will be going to my favorite ethical fashion bloggers and making a choice based on their recommendations and vetting the company.
Collaboration is huge for my jewelry business so finding influential bloggers is something I must do to reach more people. My process in finding bloggers to collaborate with have changed a lot. I went from following bloggers like; @livinginstyleeoc, @materialkeddy, @modernensemble, @thesimplicityblog, @simply_auna, etc. to following more ethical bloggers like; @sustainablychic, @ecowarriorprincess, @myracaballero, @sustainabilityinstyle and @urban.granola
I’ve even changed the way I search for boutiques that I want to carry my jewelry, from looking for just any cute boutique to only looking for boutiques who support my values in being ethical. I haven’t landed a wholesale account yet but I was recently approached by a new shop called ModerNation who will only be carrying sustainable products once they open! Fingers crossed that I get it! Update: I got the account!
Thanks for reading my story, I really hope it inspires those who are still living an unethical life to not feel bad and to not feel like there’s nothing you can do. This whole world has been brought up unethically and we’ve just been following what we’ve been taught is right or OK. It’s time to educate ourselves, to embrace those light shiners out there who are making it possible to live a more wholesome, sustainable life and to join the battle cry in spreading the word and make our commitment to the earth!
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Being Green is NOT a trend, it’s a lifestyle.