Louis Vuitton and saving the World

I know, it's an awful dichotomy, right?  On the one hand, I think consumerism is creating a lot of waste.  Particularly ocean waste (I'm really on an ocean kick I guess, must be shark week!).  Remember that blog I wrote where I said my family mocks me saying "Did you know that single use plastic is the #1 contributor to ocean pollution?" because that is a mantra I say all.the.time.  It's so true though, the things we buy have a tremendous impact on the world around us.

Gone are the days when an item came wrapped in brown paper packages tied up with string (bonus points if you sing that sentence), now purchases come in plastic molded to the shape of the gift, with plastic ties to keep it in place, inside of a plastic box with enticing pictures and words in bright colors and when you've chosen your item and are checking out, guess what the wrapping at the door is!!  Plastic bags!

Further complicating matters is that there are few alternatives, so even discerning consumers are really up a creek with options.  What does this have to do with Louis Vuitton?  Well, I mean, they wrap things in cardboard and paper... but no, that's not where I'm going.

See, I love designer handbags.  It's very oxymoronic to the life I live, but I love them.  I love the slouchy canvas and the smell of leather.  I love the way it makes me feel special to see the bag sitting in the entryway.  While I live my whole life in yoga pants and bare feet- my bags are a way to tell the world, "I sort of care about fashion, a little."

I also think designer handbags are atrociously silly and extremely wasteful.  {I'm a real mixed bag, get it?  BAG!  Oh wait, that also could mean I'm a witch, but actually I guess that works too so we'll go with it.}  So I buy my handbags on eBay, The RealReal, Tradesy, and Yoogi's Closet.  For $15 I have them authenticated by a third party.  I pay TONS less money for the bag, I worry less about getting a mark on it because it's already marked, AND I'm not contributing to the world's waste on such a large scale.

Is this rationale going to stop the 127 schoolbusses worth of plastic drinking straws from entering the landfill?  No, I use my stainless steel straw from Norwex for that.  Click Here.

But it's a compromise I feel comfortable with to be able to have those lovely gems of luxury in my otherwise quite boring closet.  <3