What is slow living? It’s a lifestyle choice aimed at slowing down the pace that we live at all with the goal of having more meaningful and enjoyable experiences. It values a very holistic approach to everyday activities, which has created a base for many branches of the slow movement to develop. Everything is fast this and fast that, but many of us, including myself believe in going back to the basics. Living authentically and enjoying experiences versus things are key to this movement. Some of the main branches are slow food and slow fashion. All with the core value of sustainability, responsibility and quality.
Slow food is one of the most popular and worldwide movements currently. People are moving away from over processed foods made in factories for fresh and local alternatives. It was founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986, as a response to the rise of fast food. Its main focus is consuming foods that would be found in that region, which would result in fresh and real ingredients. It also preserves traditional cooking to that region. Slow food has a very big impact on the farming community as it promotes buying local, which supports the agriculture business in each community, providing ethical and fair wage job opportunities. Slow food also lobbies for the reduction of pesticides, hormones and other toxins that find their way into our food, while promoting the consumption of organics goods. Overall the goal is going back to the basics of eating real food.
Slow fashion is another extension of the Slow movement and is extremely near and dear to our hearts here at New Classics. Just like slow food, it was created in response to our current trend of fast fashion (otherwise known as McFashion). Along with the principles of the slow movement are the ideas of creating things that last. Slow fashion promotes the creation of classic pieces that are timeless in design and will last for many seasons to come. Words usually associated with slow fashion are hand made, ethically sourced, local, and fair trade. The movement opposes mass-produced clothing, which results in high amounts of waste and environmental damage, and promotes the idea of quality over quantity.
At the end of the day, slow living is a perfect example of less is more. And all you have to do is be mindful that there is more to life than just stuff.
by Alyssa Lau
- August 14, 2015