For the question “What positive future do you envision?” The first thing that came to mind for me more sustainable shopping, in particular with clothing. Recently, the common norm for women’s fashion consists of articles of clothing that have relatively less materials than they would have 10 years ago (as most are cropped now), poorer quality, as well as higher prices. I did think that this trend would pass however it is now the new norm and people are expected to buy such things.
My vision for this would be that there would be changes in production of these clothing that although they may be newly produced, that they are made of different materials to last longer, especially enough that if people wish to get rid of these clothes (after the trends pass), that they are still durable enough to be sent to vintage/thrift stores to be repurposed. This would align also with the current world interest in thrifting.
My values around this topic center around that fashion has always been established to be of trends and this fact that clothing is worn and then not will never be changed. However, by adjusting the clothing material itself, to allow it to last longer so that they can be donated and worn by someone else will contribute towards a more positive future that will allow for less environmental burden through the production of even more clothes that would arise from more people wanting to purchase new trends rather than just thrifting it at a lower price.
What I am committing to do is partake in more thrifting rather than purchasing directly to take my first step in reducing consuming as it is difficult to start immediately cutting off shopping habits.