When we started talking about having children, my concerns weren’t just about whether we could emotionally and financially support a baby but also whether it could be done in an Earth-friendly way.
With our booming population, there is no getting away from the fact that our decision to bring another life into the world was entirely selfish but I was always conscious that I could at least try and limit her footprint while under my care.
Today’s charity shop bargains are one example of that. We had been into the city this morning and I was tempted to buy her a new dress but when I buy new, which is rare, I try and shop where they have a good record of traceability which doesn’t involve sweatshop labour. Of course, that usually means paying more (or more likely what things should cost if people are paid a living wage). However, at £16, as most of the dresses were, it seemed excessive on our low income for something she will only wear a few times between now and 12 months (she’s 10 months already).
So, we came home (empty handed) and instead Freya and I walked to our local charity shop where I was able to buy the following.
The dresses were £1 each and the tops 30p each. Clearly they need a wash and an iron and taking photos on the living room floor doesn’t really do them justice but, up close, they look as good as new. What’s more, when she has done with them I will either pass them on to my cousin, who has a little girl several months younger than Freya, or take them back to the charity shop so someone else can get some wear out of them.
I know there are all sorts of concerns and arguments about charity shop shopping and, of course, someone, possibly in appalling conditions, still had to make that dress or top in the beginning but, by buying pre-loved, as I like to think of them, I am at least not using any additional resources and it’s not going to landfill. Plus the money I have spent helps a good cause, in this case Nansa, an independent charity helping people with disabilities.