Lets Talk about Consumption…

Things left unsaid are often the most important

Okay the topic on everyones mouth, what have you bought? where did you get it? how much was it?

I’ve been looking at stats ( yes, I’m one of those geeks)

I. Love. Stats.

I believe they give the best, most in depth knowledge into the developing world. We have too many people to simply state an average. I wanna know what we are doing to the world. If more people were to look at this information- I believe we could make a change. This all links to…

My closet.

Your closet, hell the worlds closet.

Do you know what your clothes are made of? How they were made? How many do you have? So many questions I know, but I’m in a questioning mood today.

So lets look at the facts (I’m only gunna do a couple cause I want them to really sink in)

Did you know:

“UK citizens discard around a million tonnes of textiles a year ” (Publications.parliment.uk, 2019)

“Australians buy an average of 27 kilograms of new textiles each year and then discard about 23 kilograms* into landfil (Textilebeat.com, 2019)

Now lets talk about this…

This is a problem.

There that’s all that needs to be said.

This is a textile landfill…

Now…lets change the vicious cycle of us wearing clothes three, four times in its lifetime and actually enjoy the items we work hard to pay for. I buy nice shirts, yes they are more expensive than a shirt of £14- but they will last me much longer. As a result less have to be produced meaning a happier planet.

I’m not saying we have to be extreme with what we buy to the point of going clothes shopping once a year…but maybe it’s time we start being mindful about what we spend our money investing in.

I say investing in because every time we buy from a shop we support them- do you know what you’re supporting with your closet?

Its certainly a thing to think about for the future, because once you notice a trend in your clothing its hard to look away

I hope you all have a nice night, new post tomorrow

Lis.

Bibliography:

Publications.parliament.uk. (2019). Fixing fashion: clothing consumption and sustainability – Environmental Audit Committee – House of Commons. [online] Available at: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmenvaud/1952/report-files/195207.htm [Accessed 11 Jun. 2019].

Textilebeat.com. (2019). Aussies send 85% of textiles to landfill | Textile Beat. [online] Available at: https://textilebeat.com/aussies-send-85-of-textiles-to-landfill/ [Accessed 11 Jun. 2019].

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Intense Job Interviews

I’ma have a lil heart to heart with you-

Today has been hard.

Not to worry, I don’t mean in the world is ending and the sky is falling sense ( for some reason was thinking of Chicken Little as I wrote this) but more so in the sense of I had my first interview abroad today. It’s a lot harder than people make it seem. I don’t know if it’s because I’m in the middle of the Swedish countryside at a trucker restaurant as opposed Stockholm, but either way it’s been difficult. I drove in with my partner and her mum and they waited having coffee as it was in the middle of the motorway. The interview was in part Swedish part English and I must say- you can’t judge those who get jobs abroad. From the interview I had, you often are left with skeptisism from the interviewers and a feeling of dread regarding your own job stability.

This is a photo taken the first day in Sweden

As I write this I am spinning in thought at the actual practicality of working in the restaurant because it is seemingly impossible at this point. Due to this, I take to the keyboard because I feel I can be vocal in a situation where I’ve lost part of my voice. My Swedish is basic, not enough for a workplace. That became increasingly apparent. They offered me a trial which is amazing, but the future will tell what happens next- Person-number, Skatteverket, International taxes- these are like another language to learn on top of the Swedish. A language that has many twists and turns to match.

The positives to this day are numerous despite the sadness tinged in my writing. I’m super happy and enjoying the Swedish countrysides beauty. The interview went well even though I felt somewhat negative at the time. They still offered me work 🙂 Not only that but I had a revelation that Swedish pizza is AMAZING (Banana,curry,cheese, cabbage and kebab sauce weren’t my first thoughts for a pizza) but I must say, don’t judge it till you try it- it was fantastic.

Swedish pizza…yes, it’s a thing…

Later today I plan to cut the grass and open up an Instagram called Minimalistme- it’ll have more pictures of my travels and minimalist lifestyle. Keep an eye out and most of all have a lovely day,

P.S….Thought I’d show you my face so you know who’s behind the keyboard

Lis.

New Beginnings

So this year has been a crazy one, I’ve always developed emotionally at a fast level, however this year has been exceptionally fast. I went from being in Spoons everyday last year (to those who aren’t British, its a popular, cheap, chain pub) spending all my savings I worked two jobs for in the summer and not having any clue where or what I wanted to do with my life. Don’t get me wrong I’ve always been extremely ambitious and glory seeking, the lack of direction and action was a problem though. In this year though I’ve impressed even myself in what can be changed in a year. Having no real prior travel experience I was a Brit who had nothing but fantasies of far away lands. It never seemed to materialise as I would always have something in the back of my mind holding me back. I have been to some countries for a short amount of time, but my goal wasn’t short term- it was long. 

Here’s where it changed.

My partner is a beautiful, smart Swede who has lived in three countries. She is incredibly ambitious and is able to materialise her dreams in a way I can’t help but idolise. She has managed to encourage me to be more daring and brave in the decisions I make in everyday life. Because of this I now am living in the Swedish countryside with no knowledge of Swedish hopefully getting a job as a chef in a popular chain restaurant for truckers. Not only that but I have a gig in Sweden making this my first international gig. Due to it being quite far out in the countryside not everyone can speak English, so I have three months to learn the language to at least a basic conversational level. I must admit it’s a bit stressful at times as we speak 70% to 80% in Swedish, but I’m getting there. My partners family is really cute with it and tries to speak English when they can which is nice. 

So recently I have been reflecting on my attitude towards things. Things, oh things- the products everyone “MUST” have, the things that you “CAN’T” live without. I’m usually quite laid back with my beliefs but what you own, is something I honestly believe you should think about. If I were to ask you what was in your closet- would you be able to answer me? If I were to ask you what was in your fridge- would you be able to roughly say? I couldn’t say last year about either, I always ate food out for a start because I was reckless, and I had so many clothes because I kept them for years and my parents sold my childhood home March last year. So everything followed me to my one room student dorm- and I must honestly say I was swimming in clothes- they weren’t even in a good state.

When I was packing up my room in my old family home I realised I didn’t want as much as I had- things didn’t make me happy, they never have. I threw out a lot and throughout the times I had been moving in London – those of you who have lived there will know the struggle- I always threw bit by bit out. I now have a closet that is made up of 30 or so items (I’ll be talking about this more in later posts) and very little clutter in my life regarding things. 

A lot has happened during my time in London. I moved there two years ago for my music degree as a result of this I have been a part of a lot of musical projects and met a lot of similar musicians. My high point musically have been playing at the O2 academy Islington and 229 Islington with my old Americana bluegrass band- I was a backing vocalist. Releasing a single in our duo project “Duo Parallel” which I sing and play guitar for, and have had radio play on BBC Introducing with my duo and solo projects. My time in London is something I really have to have a whole blog posts for, because if I can give it one word it would be… intense. Both in the good and bad sense. 

So this is my blog, I hope you find it of interest and for those who read- thank you.

More content coming very soon…

Lis.