Happy Friday! Today, I am sharing with you 20 things I don’t buy anymore. This is actually part of my initiative to become a better consumer. I really want to do my best to help our planet and set a good example against overconsumption and capitalism.
So, if you want to know what are the things that I don’t buy anymore, then keep on reading. Don’t forget to check out my previous post: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NIACINAMIDE.
20 Things I Don’t Buy Anymore
The first thing I actually stopped buying for the sole reason that I own too many of them is mugs. I actually have so many mugs that sometimes in the morning, I get confused as to which one I want. Unless one breaks, I don’t think I’ll ever buy mugs again.
Jewelry (earrings, rings, necklace, bracelet)
The second item on my list is jewelry and that includes earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets. I have so many jewelry items that I think I am set for YEARS. But also, I’ve recently realized that I only wear the same two necklaces every day, I never wear bracelets or even rings, and I use the same pair of earrings almost every day. So, for me, it would be a waste to buy more.
The next thing I don’t buy anymore is nail polish. The reason why I don’t want to purchase nail polish anymore is that I actually don’t like to paint my nails that much. If I do, I’d rather go to a manicurist. But yeah, I like to keep my nails plain and buying nail polish would be a waste.
The fourth item on my list of things I don’t buy anymore is scarves. I’ve been literally wearing the same black scarf for over 5 years I think. It does the job, it goes with everything and I love it. Moreover, my style is pretty minimalist so I don’t actually like wearing different scarves for different outfits. I like to keep it simple.
The fifth item on my list is shoes. That one is strictly related to trendy shoes or not for everyday wear. Last year, I was a victim of capitalism and I ended up buying two pairs of small heels that I wore only once…each. I don’t know why I purchased them. They are not comfortable and they are not really my style. I like to wear more casual and heels are not casual to me. But anyway, this made me realize that I have to stop buying shoes in general. I have all of the shoes that I need, so I shouldn’t buy more. Unless one pair gets very used up (my Dr. Martens are over 10 years old, I might need to get a new pair), I won’t buy any new shoes.
The next thing I don’t buy anymore is hair accessories and that includes hats, hair clips, hair ties, and scarves. The reason why I don’t want to buy any new hair accessories is that again, I am a very simple person. I love to look trendy but in a minimalist way. Also, I already own all of the amazing hair accessories I need, and that gives me a major cottagecore vibe.
The seventh item on my list of things I don’t want to buy anymore is bags and purses. Like most of the things I mentioned already, I own enough bags and purses in general and I feel like it would be such a waste for me to buy more. I’ve also noticed that every time I buy a new purse, I still end up wearing the same ones over and over again. I used to buy different bags because I wanted to look stylish and trendy but at this point in my life, I don’t care. So, again, it’s a waste and I love the bags I already own.
The next item is an obvious one and that is plastic bottles whether it’s juice or water. For me, the base of starting a sustainable lifestyle is to reduce your consumption of plastic. I have my own water bottle if I am thirsty and a jar if I need to order a smoothie, or iced latte. I am basically prepared.
The ninth item on my list is shaving cream. I actually never really purchased shaving cream. When I started shaving, I didn’t want my parents to know so I just used conditioner to shave and I never stopped since then. Conditioner does the job for me so I don’t think I’ll ever need to buy this extra product.
The tenth item on my list is makeup wipes. Now, there are several reasons why I don’t want to buy makeup wipes anymore. Most of them are actually really bad for the environment and they are actually extremely irritative to the skin and eye area. Like they are torture so why would you do this to your skin? Instead, I like to use a makeup cloth or reusable cotton round with micellar water to remove my makeup. A cleansing oil also does the job and can replace a makeup wipe. It’s more sustainable and more gentle for your skin.
The next thing that I am not buying anymore is belts. That’s very precise but that’s because I own a good amount of belts that I don’t use, never wore, or even touched. The only belt I use is a black one and it came with a pair of pants already.
Perfume is the next item I decided to stop purchasing. I actually still love to wear perfume and I still own one, but when I mean that I don’t want to buy perfume anymore, I mean that I don’t want to buy more than one perfume before the one perfume empties. I actually never used to empty my perfumes cause I got bored of the scent pretty quickly. But, I realized that it was not sustainable at all. Instead, I just use a perfume oil by an ethical brand, “The 7 Virtues”.
The next item on my list is magazines. I actually went through this phase two years ago where I had to buy the new vogue magazine every month. Well, that phase has passed, I own a thousand vogue magazines and I never read one. So yes, magazines are now part of this list because I own too many of them, and they are useless in my opinion. You can easily find very interesting articles to read online. Plus, printed magazines are not actually good for the environment. I know there are amazing options of magazines with recyclable paper or that are made sustainably, but I don’t think that includes Vogue.
Also, do not get me wrong, digital magazines do have their share of toxicity to the environment, but according to my research, it’s still more sustainable than printed magazines. This topic is actually very complex but I am deciding to stop buying them because I own so many and I don’t read them. So, it’s a waste.
Phone accessories are also items I don’t wish to purchase any more for the sole reason that I don’t care for them. My phone has had the same case for two years and I am extremely happy with it. The one I have is from Casetify, it was extremely expensive but to me, it’s totally worth it. I’ve dropped my phone several times and it’s still intact. A high-quality phone case will actually last you longer. I used to buy cheap ones and had to change them at least once every two months because they started looking like shit and broke easily. This is not sustainable at all.
Pouches and cases
Pouches and cases are the next items I don’t buy anymore. Now, I could add pouches under the “bag” category but I think they are different. I actually own so many makeup and jewelry pouches that I can’t fit any of them in my drawer anymore. So, I decided a couple of days ago, to donate all of the ones I don’t need and keep the ones I use. But, let’s be honest, who needs 4 different makeup bags?
The next thing that I don’t buy anymore is seasonal decorations. So, decorative items that are meant for fall, Christmas, Halloween, or other holidays and seasons. I just find that it’s just a waste of time and money to decorate my house differently every season. I love how my apartment looks at the moment so I don’t feel the need to change it. Also, it’s unsustainable.
Makeup products I don’t need
The 17th item that I don’t buy anymore is makeup products I don’t need. A couple of years ago, I used to buy one makeup product at least once per month. I used to own 5 different blushes, 3 highlighters, 10 eyeshadow palettes, 20 lipsticks of similar shade but I never emptied them. They are currently sitting on my makeup vanity, barely touched and expired. If you’ve read my beauty and sustainability post, you know that this is extremely toxic to our planet. So, I reached a point in my life where I really don’t care about new makeup launches and having 5 different eyeliners. I got over this phase of having a big collection.
Furthermore, I don’t take makeup jobs anymore so I don’t feel the need to own a lot of things and personally, I barely do my own makeup. Even if I did, one bronzer and two blushes only are just enough for me.
Clothes I don’t need
The next thing that I don’t buy anymore is clothes I don’t need. That one might be the hardest I have to go through. I have a big obsession with clothes, fashion, and trends so you can imagine how hard it is for me to take this decision. But, I am willing to take it and I will do my best to follow that. The main reason I want to stop buying clothes I don’t need is to slowly stop my overconsumption and overcome my impulse buying. The fast fashion industry is very bad for our planet and our society in general, but at the same time, I cannot afford ethical brands and I don’t like clothes from thrift stores (not my style). Hence, why I decided to go slow in my fashion consumption and buy only the clothes I think I need.
Body scrubs are the next items that I don’t buy anymore. The main reason is that they are so messy. Moreover, instead of just using a product with unsustainable packaging, I’d rather go with natural physical exfoliators. It’s better for the environment (depending on which loofah you get) and it doesn’t make a mess out of your bathtub.
The last thing I don’t buy anymore is hair oil. I’ve taken that decision after purchasing the Gisou hair oil a couple of months ago. It smells amazing, but it’s totally useless for me. My hair is actually very straight and velvety. It’s extremely shiny already so I find hair oils to be pointless for my case. I use instead hair masks to repair my hair and I never use heat.
20 Things I Don’t Buy Anymore
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