My good resolution for 2017 is to buy less and buy better. I have been thinking a lot lately about consumerism, especially in the fashion industry, and the fact that our consuming habits have direct consequences on the lives of others and the whole planet. The documentary The True Cost was a strong wake-up call and I can say that since then, fast-fashion hasn't had the same appeal to me. Even before that, I took a real interest in the whole "decluttering your life" trend, and although I haven't been as good at keeping my closet as clean as I wish, I am a big fan of the Marie Kondo's way of life.
The documentary The Minimalists is very much on the same line. Available on Netflix, this film tells the story of two guys who decided to stop over-consuming after coming to the realisation that their consumerist way of life wasn't fulfilling them and didn't make them happy overall. With that in mind, they embraced minimalism, reducing their belongings to a strict minimum. Some of the people interviewed for the documentary were really inspiring and made me realise how marketing brainwashes us into believing that we are the sum of what we have, selling us a dream at the same time as a bottle of Coca-Cola. We are brought to thinking the stuff we buy can make us more complete as a person and define who we are. How frightful.
I don't want to embark on the extreme minimalist journey, but my challenge is to write down EVERYTHING I will buy this year - except food - so I can reflect on it as time goes by and see what I regret or not buying. The general idea is to only buy things that I truly love and spark joy. Marie Kondo all the way.