Local Life with Salt Shop here in Victoria, BC
You guys! I am so excited to share this post with. It’s a combination of love for my new city of Victoria, the local people, and my new found passion for conscious purchasing. I’m creating a new series that features the Local Life here in Victoria, BC and I’m starting with Salt Shop.
It’s not just the fact that they sell sustainable (and super cute) clothing, or better-for-you beauty products, and the sweetest plants; it’s the passion and the message behind the brand.
Last week I ventured over to Salt and filmed an interview with the owner Jessica. It was such an incredible conversation, chatting about curating over consuming, how we as purchasers can make better decisions and how we can better educate the world on why sustainability matters.
We also chatted capsule wardrobes and the reason we need to stop shopping at fast-fashion stores.
It honestly drives me mad to watch Instagram stories of women who are constantly shopping. Sure they get their new dress for under $20 at Walmart or Forever 21 so it is affordable to do all of the constant shopping. But at what cost? I’m not going to get all preachy on you here. What I will ask you to think about though is how many washes does your new $20 (or under) piece of clothing last before the shape is all messed up or it starts to pull?
I’d also ask you to dig deeper and think of the reason you feel the need to shop so much? Know that I’m not judging you. I used to be that girl. Since I first started to downsize my wardrobe, I gave away about 10 (or more) industrial size garbage bags full of clothing. That was in about 1 year’s time and doesn’t include the regular sized kitchen bags I’d often donate a few times a year of things I know I didn’t wear anymore. That’s ridiculous.
Did you know?
According to CBC Marketplace’s latest investigation, clothes thrown away account for a huge amount of waste in garbage dumps. Canadians on average purchase 70 new articles of clothing a year and that contributes to the 12 million tons a year of textile waste dumped into North America’s landfills.
Anyways, I’m not here to judge you or preach to you. All I want to do is raise awareness. I’m striving to live my life with more intention and mindfulness. Curating what we choose to have in our home is part of that. So when I walk into a cute store and think “OMG I love and need this immediately”, I then have to remind myself to think about what that purchase would mean.
Things I consider…
- What fabric is this made with?
- Did it come from a factory where the workers’ health is not a concern?
- Do I really need this?
- How often would I wear it or where would we put it?
- Who is benefiting from this purchase? Is it a Canadian-maker? Is it a big corporation?
- How long will it last?
- Is it easy to wash and wear or does it have special needs? Is it going to shrink and not fit me?
Leading by example
During our conversation, Jessica talks about leading by example. There’s a story she told that ended up making the video a little too long, but it went like this. Her and her friend went on a road trip. She brought along her mason jar for any hot or cold beverages along the way. Her friend did not. By the end of the trip, her friend looked at her side of the car and noticed the stack of disposable cups she built up along the way. Jessica didn’t have to say a thing to her. Her friend noticed the difference in waste just by Jessica leading by example.
This video is all about how we can do better than yesterday. It’s to remind us to make our decisions more consciously and with more awareness. My favourite part though is the entire concept of being curators of our life, and not just consuming it.
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