• MaggiePeters

Raising a Family in the Era of Climate Change - Thrift Shops

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

Happy Earth Day! Today I unpack another way by which we raise families in this era of climate change. If you haven't read my previous post on the matter, it's here.

In high school I was a vintage fanatic.

Leather jackets - Vintage market

I skimmed the racks of good will looking for 501s to hack and ironic kids Ts from the 80s to sport. My prom dress was seriously from the 60s (I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, what more do you expect).

But my freaky fashion sense (and otherwise still held belief I was born in the wrong generation) was more than just about being unique, turns out I was living sustainable lifestyle before I knew what living sustainably even meant.

Old spinning top

Buy used.

Take your kids on treasure hunts looking for fun and unique items for their play room at the local thrift market.

Accept the hand-me-downs from cousins with grace, and show your children how finding something on the sidewalk can turn into a fun and creative project to make something beautiful and one-of-a-kind!

Mary DeMocker, author of The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep shares just how important second hand goods in their home has become and that

Vintage market

“emphasizing secondhand has accomplished what we hoped it would: Our kids aren’t driven to consume”.

As inhabitants of a capitalistic society, it’s difficult to avoid, especially with impressionable children at home, but less consumption goes miles in the fight for reducing emissions.

DeMocker, Mary. Cultivate a Used is Cool Culture. The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep. 2018: New World Library.

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