A few years ago, inspired by the stylish and thrift fellow bloggers, Emily of the Daily Fashionista, and the unforgettable Reva of Reva's Rags to Roses, I created a pledge. You can see the start of it HERE. Realizing that I was partial to style bloggers who focused on vintage and/or thrift shopping, and that they, like myself were trying to do their part to be ethical and sustainable shoppers. Reva and I discussed this and she made a pledge widget for us to display on our sidebars. I recently ran across this pledge on a blogger's sidebar, someone I didn't know, and someone who didn't know that the pledge was originated by me. What we both knew, is that we were both committed to creating a lighter carbon footprint, and one of our strategies was to SHOP SECONDHAND FIRST.
The Original 2011 Pledge:
(Credit: Graphic by Reva, Text by Bella Q)
As we near the end of 2012, I'd like to open up this pledge to the Rosebud community. For 2013, I'm taking the pledge again- and I invite you to join me.
I'm creating a new page so you can take the pledge there. Widgets are in the making, so let me know if you'd like one made for you. I would appreciate that you give proper attribution for the pledge and kindly link up to me if you use it) but the commitment to it is 100% up to you!
Here's the pledge for 2013:
Shop Secondhand First
I pledge to shop secondhand first. I resolve to buy items that are thrifted, swapped or hand down. My aim is to limit my consumption, and in doing so I make my shopping more sustainable. I pledge to support businesses who commit to sustainable + smart design. My focus is on quality, ethically produced new is my conscious go-to. I will barter and swap when possible, and shop charity, consignment and flea markets when probable. I pledge to shop secondhand and sustainable because I put the planet first.
I invite you to join me in taking the Secondhand pledge. You can get more info on the new SHOP SECONDHAND FIRST page.
Tell me, are you willing to take the plunge, and take the pledge?