WAKEUPCUT .com is a journey into creation for self-reliance via non-consuming processes; an exploration stimulated by
human & social diversity; a shared project, which aims to come closer to others, to nature, to the “whole”, by taking everyday steps towards a more sustainable way of living. Sustainability is not a trend of the time, it is a necessary choice of action and spreading awareness is key!
Fashion should not dictate the way we dress, we decorate our home, our car, exteriors, and interiors. Aiming for self-expression and mindfulness, while providing solutions to personal needs, should be the reason behind every choice. Fashion itself, defined by seasons, comes and goes so fast, so soon. WAKEUPCUT is a way to resist to fast formulas of consumption and lack of transparency, while it communicates why & how to switch consciously to ideas that utilize what is already in the waistline, getting inspired by the “R’s”, such as reuse, repair, reduce, refuse, regift, remake.
Sometimes you feel that you are too small to make a difference in this world. There are tiny things you can do though … creating significant change!
credits for Illustration to Morgane Nicolaidis
Before you actually buy anything, think again. Do you really need it? Could you maybe use what you already have in those dusty boxes instead? Evaluate what you have in your possession before purchasing.
Preserve your things, take care of them and they will reward you by lasting longer. Assess everything and check for minor or even major repairs that could make items functional again. Adding value to anything is the key!
Usually we have so many things that sit dusted inside drawers, boxes, suitcases. Make a decision to do an inventory-list!
It’s a dirty job, but someone needs to do it! Organize a few categories, and start listing some of the things you no longer use. Maybe you can alter some of them, like dying an old pair of trousers in a different colour. Make overs can be so easy, and if that ‘ s not the case, then free that space in your house, office, garage by gifting, or donating unwanted items.
Do you agree that what can end up being your trash may be somebody else’s treasure? Instead of throwing away unwanted items, gifts, clothes, consider which of your friends would take joy of having them instead! Have you ever heard about the Circle of Gifting? The Circle of Gifting is a beautiful concept of a continuous exchange . . . with positive vibes and energy, while prolonging the life of each object.
If you cannot think of any friends to gift that old t-shirt of yours, then explore donations maybe in your region, like charity stores, communities or even organize bazaars and exchanges. The only thing you should NOT do, is to throw it in the bin, as this “world” has spent a lot of energy to produce this little t-shirt, which if buried will dissolve in many many years.
When you are out there for your purchase and you come across all these extremely low prices, ask yourself… how could that be? Who actually makes these items, where, with what materials, what processes, under which conditions… If something is insanely cheap – sorry to disappoint you – yes, maybe you found a bargain, but someone, somewhere is paying for this adjustment in value.
Buy second-hand. You can find everything; from clothes to kitchen and furniture ware. Visit shops, flea markets, newspapers, the web and find second-hand goods, which can be in a very good condition, at a very reasonable price and in most cases, they are unique and beautiful.
Care for less for bulky packaging and go for recyclables. Less wrapping up is important! Carry your own bag to your everyday shopping and avoid extra waste. Think of buying larger quantities wherever it is possible, which besides being more sustainable, they can also save you money.
Think of places and occasions where you usually produce waste. Start from the simplest things, like the disposable items you can stop using. Do you have a canteen with paper glasses or cutlery at work? Maybe you should start bringing your own cup instead, your own water bottle, your own handkerchiefs made out of your old shirt . . .
Explore reuse and all the other R’s, it can be so stimulating!
There are differences from place to place on how to recycle; however, some basic principles are common. If you are new to that, start from the basics and cultivate your awareness. Awareness is a great power and it can be inspiring for a more sustainable lifestyle.
Share your experiences, your explorations, even everyday thoughts. Every action has a reaction and your process of sharing can inspire others to do small things in a great way!
Spreading awareness is the key for any change!