Anyone remember the movie “Desperately Seeking Susan?” I was both thinking about this classic 80’s cult classic, and wondering how much sustainability was discussed during that time; it gave me the title for this blog post, and really made me think hard on a topic I am an activist for on a daily basis, especially where fashion is concerned. *Side note: I often go off in tangents in my head about the MOST random thing…it cannot just be me, right? 😉

“What is sustainability?” you may be asking yourself. It is probably not what you think. Well, the simple explanation is : Meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.  You might be thinking ” But how can one person like me even make a difference?”  The fact of the matter is; the MORE that individuals like us do things like make sustainble purchases, the more we drive these business to respond to our needs.  While throwing out your plastic water bottles into a recycling bin helps, there’s so much more that you could be doing to take part in the green movement.

It can feel overwhelming to rise to a global challenge like climate change, but I promise you there are ways to contribute; you likely are already doing some of  these things! From large to small, there are ways that you can become an engaged citizen and participate in the change that this world needs, and I am here to offer a few to get you started. Remember, change is not the quarter you find on the street, it is what comes from within 😉


1.) Change your lightbulbs to LED’S –  These bulbs last 25% longer, and use up to 85% less energy!

2.) Use a Programmable Thermostat – Using a smart thermostat is an excellent way to learn a house’s patterns , and adjust heating and cooling according to when a home is occupied, thus avoiding wasted energy.

3.) Composting –Composting is natures way of recycling, and it benefits the environment by conserving landfill space. It also adds amazing nutrients to plant soil!

4.) Do not buy new things – Every product we buy has a hefty environmental footprint. Always question before you buy, and consider things like buying from companies that make sustainable products and use eco packaging if you must buy new.

We are not perfect humans, and these are just a few of the ways that you can make a difference. Recycling, reusing; these are not retro trends, they are the ways that we work towards keeping this beautiful earth thriving and alive.



Erin Bass

*Fashion Designer Upcycler*Girlboss*

*Erin hails from Portland, Oregon and is a self taught upcycled fashion designer, seamstress, and fiber artist. Want to see her work? Click here

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