Decide to KonMari Your Home (Or At Least Your Closet)
Problem: Fast fashion has led us to buying a higher volume of clothes, which are largely made of inorganic (read: non-biodegradable) fabrics. These fabrics are also more likely to end up in a landfill, as they are not made to a high standard.
Solution: KonMari. Seriously.
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is likely not the first show that comes to mind if I asked you to put something environmentally-minded on the television. The hugely popular series on Netflix follows Marie Kondo as she visits peoples’ homes and teaches them how to systematically organize their worldly possessions, ultimately disposing of volumes of stuff.
At the centre of her method is to only keep items that ‘spark joy’ and discard those that don’t. This is a simple idea that dovetails well with the Zero-Waste Movement. Rather than buying 10 synthetic sweaters and cluttering up your home with cheap stuff, buy one good quality sweater and wear it again and again. You’ll likely be happier wearing it … and living in your home.
I binge watched her TV show. It turns out, I wasn’t alone, and it quickly became a topic of conversation at work and with friends. According to Bloomberg, the Salvation Army and Goodwill have received higher-than-average donations in January. Her TV show premiered 1 January 2019.
I went through all of my clothes and employed her method of picking up each item and saying goodbye and ‘thank you’ to the items that didn’t spark joy in my life. My drawers are now half empty, and I have no desire to fill them.
Thinking about the environment when considering whether or not to purchase another cheap clothing item may feel like a sacrifice. However, considering whether this item will spark joy in your life is a great positive way to cut down on what we buy whilst also benefiting the environment.
I sincerely hope that the KonMari method is here to stay and is not just a craze. May we all be a little happier, more fulfilled, and help the environment at the same time … aided by tri-folded t-shirts.
Resources for Curious Minds
Tidying up with Marie Kondo (Netflix Trailer)
Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
KonMari Marie Kondo’s website