consumerism

Shop better, live better!

What does this photo inspire you?

Personally, it makes me think of the fact that the way I consume creates change to the environment and to the natural ecosystem of the Earth. And this change is not necessarily positive…

10710917_776117162445618_3306419038430109938_n

So here are some ideas on how to shop and consume better:

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/eating-well-on-the-cheap.htm

Don’t forget, by eating better food and doing sports, you stay healthy, so no need to spend money on medicine, health insurance and so on!

http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Spend-Less-Shopping-2089224#photo-2089224

When it comes to clothes, I know this is a complicated topic for most women, so here’s an interview with Jill Chivers from http://myyearwithoutclothesshopping.com/

http://recoveringshopaholic.com/shop-less-and-live-more-an-interview-with-jill-chivers/

Jill-Chivers-Shop-Less-and-Live-More

Some other websites that give ideas on “green clothing”:

http://earth911.com/author/leon-kaye/

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/user/79655

http://www.theguardian.com/profile/leon-kaye

http://greengopost.com/

http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/05/ethical-eco-fair-clothing-manufacturers/

http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/buyersguides/clothing.aspx

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/ethical-fashion-directory-uk-clothing-brands-fairtrade-vegan#101

http://whereamiwearing.com/2011/08/6-clothing-companies-that-every-engaged-consumer-should-support/

http://www.cleanclothes.org/about

http://www.ethique-sur-etiquette.org/

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100893344

http://www.ethical.org.au/get-informed/clothing/

http://www.trashisfortossers.com/

http://40plusstyle.com/how-to-shop-less-and-get-a-better-wardrobe-a-style-interview-with-debbie/

Maybe this will also convince you to buy more vintage / second hand outfits:

http://www.ebay.com/gds/Why-Should-You-Buy-Vintage-Clothing-7-Great-Reasons-/10000000009769463/g.html

http://vintageclothing.about.com/od/vintagebasics/a/eco_vintage.htm

And if you don’t like what you need in vintage shops, do a tea party with your friends and switch clothing! I got a new dress and a belt at our last broc’party (brocante = flea market)! 

Photo credits: http://recoveringshopaholic.com/shop-less-and-live-more-an-interview-with-jill-chivers/ and http://sustainableman.org/

Advertisements

Gardens festival – Chaumont sur Loire

This summer we decided to visit the Loire Valley. We had never went in that area and as we had a long weekend we decided to take advantage.

As we (almost) never plan things ahead and we don’t like castles too much, we asked the locals what we could see.

And this is how we learned that the “Festival des jardins” was not far. As I had seen a documentary about it, I really wanted to go there – plus the theme this year – The Capital Sins sounded more than interesting.

So in order to illustrate the capital sins, garden designers from around the world created spaces in order to show: greed, pride, avarice, envy, lust, consumerism, etc.

AFFICHE_FESTIVAL_2014

photo credit : http://www.domaine-chaumont.fr/festival_festival?cat=3&expandable=0

Below a few pictures we took – you will find better ones on their website! 🙂

WP_20140713_008 WP_20140713_017 WP_20140713_041 WP_20140713_044 WP_20140713_046 WP_20140713_059 WP_20140713_061 WP_20140713_078 WP_20140713_086 WP_20140713_100 WP_20140713_101 WP_20140713_121 WP_20140713_125 WP_20140713_137 WP_20140713_146 WP_20140713_150 WP_20140713_153 WP_20140713_163 WP_20140713_171 WP_20140713_174 WP_20140713_179 WP_20140713_184 WP_20140713_192 WP_20140713_195 WP_20140713_197 WP_20140713_201 WP_20140713_205