Hi! My name is Alexis Giger, and this blog is my way of promoting an environmentally friendly and fashionable lifestyle. I have been “new” clothing free- that is, only wearing clothes that I have made, recycled, or purchased at secondhand stores since mid-July of 2012. I hope to prove that you don’t have to give up your own fabulous personal style to live sustainably. In fact, there are endless minute changes that you can make in your shopping agendas which help the environment in much greater ways than you might expect. I’m here to provide the inspiration for these minute changes- whether it be the location where you shop, what items you save from your closet to recycle or how to revamp last season’s pieces. I want to inspire those who are simply looking for a DIY project or a unique garment that nobody will have, not only those who are looking to living more environmentally friendly lives. Regardless of your motives for exploring my site, I hope to spread eco-friendly tips and instructions to the community around me and beyond.
My inspiration comes from the world around me- the clothes that people in my community are wearing and what’s trending in fashion magazines, as well as zany haute couture, abstract art, and my desire to never, ever be caught wearing the same outfit as someone else. I am also inspired by a culture that is increasingly obsessed with ready-to-wear, cheaply made and inexpensive clothing. The amount of resources that go into getting fresh trends from the runway to stores at the mall is insane- try 760 gallons of water for one t-shirt, not to mention the gas used for shipping and other manufacturing steps. Not only that, but that t-shirt may only be made for 10 uses or less before it is intended to be thrown away. The wastefulness of our fashion industry is pretty repulsive. Therefore, I hope to inspire people one project at a time to dress responsibly, and to rebel against this wasteful consumption.
So, I hope you find some inspiration. I hope you start to make more environmentally conscious decisions. I hope you stay fabulous and creative and true to your own aesthetic. I hope we can make the world a more beautiful place by taking care of our environment, and looking spectacular while we do it.