Have you guys taken the slavery footprint quiz?
I did and it turns out that my lifestyle employs approximately 52 slaves.
That number really makes me cringe.
But let me back up for a minute…
As you guys know, I started pursuing ethical fashion about a year and a half ago. And I’ve continued to walk out that journey since then.
But you may have noticed that I’ve been a little bit silent on the topic here at Truncation for awhile now.
There’s a reason for that.
I started to feel like the practice of shopping ethically for clothing had become so segmented from the rest of my life.
In other words, I was really focused on shopping ethically for clothing, but not so much in other areas of my life.
And it’s not because I didn’t want to. I struggled with it because it just felt so overwhelming to me.
Fashion I could do, cruelty free beauty sure…but everything else?
So I stopped talking about it as much because I needed to really figure out for myself (and not in front of/or for an audience) how this was going to be something that impacted all areas of my life.
So I guess you could say I’ve been floundering a bit and trying to get my footing.
Well a couple of weeks ago I was at church and my pastor talked about taking the slavery footprint survey.
And as I sat there listening to his candid admission that his number was way higher than he wanted it to be, something clicked for me.
I either try to pursue a more ethical lifestyle or I don’t.
I’ve talked about not needing to get things perfect every time, but I wasn’t listening to my own words.
Because I didn’t feel like I could 100% commit to this, then I wasn’t even going to try (except for with fashion and beauty).
So I went home and I took the quiz. And I got my number of 52.
It. woke. me. up.
It made me realize that even if I can’t get that number to zero, there are things that I can do to lower that number, and that fashion and beauty are just one piece of the pie.
But it also made me realize that I had backed off talking about the subject because I’d been craving a more wholistic approach.
So I’m going to be sharing a lot more with you going forward…
We’ll be returning to more of a focus on ethical fashion because I do still feel like I have a voice in that arena, but we’ll also chat about how we can introduce more ethical shopping into all areas of our lives.
But here’s the thing (and probably themost important part), this is a journey you guys. I’m not going to get it perfectly. Not now and probably not ever.
I’m too entrenched in a consumeristic society for this to be something that is 100% fixed over night.
So let’s just say I’m working toward a slavery free lifestyle.
Because it’s a process. A take it one day at a time kind of process.
But that’s not it… there’s more to it than just our purchasing choices.
Leading a slavery free life is symbolic as well.
In our world, it’s so easy to make choices based out of pressure from external sources. And we’re going to talk about how to let go of that tendency.
In how we purchase things, in how we treat each other, and in how we relate to our families (i.e. there will still be mama posts).
So… two years into blogging and I feel like just now things are really starting to be clear for me.
What do you think? Have you taken the quiz?
I’m excited to start talking about this subject again, but now from the mindset that imperfection does not mean failure.
Have any questions? Want me to talk about anything specifically? Let me know below and I’ll do my best to share with you!
Until next time,