Last weekend I indulged in the ultimate eco-beauty activity – sprucing up all of the great accessories you own so that they are like new again. This is the eco-fashionista’s version of recycling! You actually recycle your own stuff!
When I was in my early 20s I came across the ultimate shopper’s (or spend-aholic if you are like me) shopping justification. It’s a simple formula:
Cost Per Wear (CPW) = total price of item / number of times you use the item
What it means is that if you buy some cheap tee shirt for say $15 and you only wear it once (because it is really trendy, or it’s such poor quality that you don’t want to wear it again) the CPW = $15. On the other hand let’s say you buy a long tweed Burberry coat (true story, I got it at an outlet store in Maine) for $750 and you wear it 150 times per year (every day between November and March), after 5 years the CPW will be $1. Although at the time $750, even if a very good deal for a Burberry coat, seemed like an extortionate amount of money (think of the starving children!) but if you consider it as a lifelong investment (and I really should be able to wear it for at least the next 20-30 years) then isn’t it better to have 1 nice coat for much longer rather than buy a new crappy winter coat every couple of years? I’m sure the children in the sweatshops and the workers at the recycling plants would agree.
You can thank me later for introducing you to the magical CPW. So back to my weekend- I was in a consignment shop where I picked up a fabulous pair of Gucci heals (£144 total– anticipated CPW year 1= £7.20, year 2= £3.60) which I promptly took home and realised that I didn’t have any where to put them. My shoes were bursting out of the seams of my wardrobe. This seemed strange to me because I could have sworn I didn’t have any shoes. I always seem to wear the same few pairs over and over again. So I decided that I would take out all of the shoes I own and photograph them. That way I would have a catalogue to remind myself so that I could rotate them more frequently (a great way to keep them lasting even longer thus reducing your CPW even further!)