One of the best ecological shops in Stockholm: Eat!
As much as I am a coffee drinking, make-up loving, bag collecting and things-that-just-look-nice-buying kind of person I rarely buy something without knowing WHAT I buy. And by “WHAT” I mean different pieces that makes the thing I’m buying something I can buy with good conscience. Like where the good is from, who’s made it and how it has gotten from where it was made to being in my hands (which often is quite a journey regarding most items in a regular shop). What strikes me though is that it is so hard to find sellers of my most precious and biggest shopping addiction that has considered that big “WHAT”. I am talking about jewellery (and as you may have seen mostly pearls). You find eco friendly shirts, coffee, cocoa, carrots and lipstick on everyday basis but what about jewellery? I can count the times I’ve seen a Fair Trade bracelet for example. Some people however are working hard to make the jewellery industry as up to date concerning both environmental and corporate social responsibility issues as any other industry is obliged to be in 2012.
Following the work of the Responsible Jewellery Council I came over this interesting article:
Stop and think.
After spending the day ploughing graph and number filled books I decided to treat myself by investing in some delighters for my new appartment. One of my big interests is film and I was exeedingly happy when I found the poster from one of my favourite movies called A Swedish Love Story. The director has a studio close to where I live and I’ve managed to stroll by there for years without noticing this beautiful poster. An other major interest is music. I play the piano but have always envied those who can play the guitar. So today I took the step towards becoming one of them and I am now the proud owner of an entirely own guitar. Until I learn how to play it will just stand in my livingeroom looking cool – and perhaps attract some of my more music oriented friends.
There is a special feeling to wearing vintage clothing. Not necessarily just because the word “vintage” is trendy or the fact that buying used clothes is a great action against the wear and tear era. But it’s rather the affectional value that the garment carries when your buy it, which for new clothes takes quite a while to build up. Nevertheless I still belong to the wide crowd of people that absolutely roll in feelings of happiness and (temporary) satisfaction whenever buying a new piece of clothing but that is usually with the somewhat bitter notion that someone else might just buy it the second after I do. Bitterly not unique. Buying a rare vintage jacket on the other hand strongly decreases the risk of seeing someone else wearing it (and god forbid looking even better in it than I) in the next supermarket.
Yesterday I bought a second hand jacket from the 60’s on SociaTea. Wonder where my new old jacket has been and what stories it has heard?