Today I want to discuss why “IT IS COOL TO CARE.” The concept for this post came when looking for inspirational quotes, because who doesn’t love a good quote, and who is more inspirational than Safia Minney? She coined this phrase and has used it in many interview style articles when asked, If you could say one thing to consumers what would it be?
I think Safia Minney is the coolest of the cool. She’s the founder and CEO of People Tree, a Fair Trade fashion label and online retailer, and the first clothing company in the world to guarantee Fair Trade and environmental production practice throughout the supply chain. Committed to empowering the poor, protecting the environment and changing the kind of world we live. Drop the mic. That is my idea of cool.
So using this quote as inspiration I am going to open up a conversation in the hope that it speaks to anyone out there who really does, well, care.
The saying goes that when you start to care about something, say, an environmental issue, such as global warming, you become more aware of other issues that you previously had not considered. I think it is hard not to, because deciding to care about a cause requires us to learn new things with an open mind.
We believe that when we all open our minds up to new ideas amazing things can happen! Usually, the best thing to happen is we learn much more than we first set out to, and once we care about something bigger than ourselves there is often no going back.
This is very true for me. My passion for starting Into The Eco began with taking an interest in slow fashion, human rights within the garment sector and talking openly about what I thought was wrong with the fashion industry. Over the years my passion moved away from ranting to my family and friends, and frankly wearing myself out, to wanting to take action. These actions have manifested so far in the small ways I have felt possible.
Through this interest in fashion, I have found it almost impossible to stop this passion spilling over into other areas of modern day life. Leading me to think about how I can have a positive impact through my wardrobe choices, but also how we can have a more positive impact through our home lives too. There are so many layers to the sustainable revolution. This has lead us to cutting meat out of our diets as much as possible, recycling religiously, cycling to work when the weather allows, wearing our clothes for longer, and moving away from single-use plastics when given a choice. All good places to start I am sure you will agree.
Those who know me, know that I don’t go many places without a pair of a trusty Dr Martens on my little feet. This pair in particular! They look very different now from when I first bought them. Fresh out of the store they were shiny silver, almost mirror-like, but over time they have cracked and scuffed, the laces have become frayed and threadbare and the soles are wearing thin.
This is one of the only pictures I have of them in all their shiny glory
Those age lines only make me love them more. I love that they look well worn like they have been on a journey, they tell more of a story than the fresh shiny pair they once were, and they have come to represent me. So I would like to show them to you, my most loved and most worn item, probably ever.
If you are reading then, welcome. we are very grateful to have you here and thank you for taking the time to search for new information and read. You could say I am currently out of my comfort zone, but as the phrase goes, “life begins outside of your comfort zone” so here we are.
One thing in life I truly believe is that you can never stop learning, so by no means am I even close to being the finished article, but I want to continue the learning process and I would like to share that process with you, so stick with me.