Our 'Reckless With' series leans in to the stories of women from all walks of life, seeking to empower one another. Reckless with Charlotte Mei features Charlotte's sustainability journey and her tips on style and living more eco-consciously.
How did you start on your sustainability journey?
Charlotte: It was simply how I was raised. I grew up seeing my dad returning the stack of napkins handed to us by wait staff, always taking a bottle with him when leaving the home, and refusing plastic bags (since the 90s); and my mum repurposing leftovers into the most creative dishes.
It wasn't taught to me as a way to live sustainably per se, but simply how to be mindful of what and how much I consume, and how much waste I create as an individual. All this is important to me because the resources we're using up are finite, and the effects of our overconsumption isn't going to look very pretty.
What is a common misconception about sustainability and style?
Charlotte: That they both cant go hand in hand. I understand that could have been the case when ethical/sustainable fashion brands started out. However, there are so many sustainable brands out there that are incredibly stylish and have great fit. The idea of re-wearing the same clothing items are no longer frowned upon, and the concept of swapping clothes is slowly becoming popular especially with the younger communities.
As someone who focuses on sustainability, what do you look for in an item when you buy something?
Charlotte: I look for an item that works just as well, if not better, than the conventional version; and that it is wallet-friendly (whilst understanding that it may cost more because it respects fair wages, ethical sourcing, etc)
Describe your power dressing.
Charlotte: Waisted smart pants, a crisp white shirt
What about days when you do not feel as confident?
Charlotte: That would be a long, flowy dress for me!
How would you describe the women around you?
Charlotte: They are smart go-getters who are creative in their work and generous with helping others succeed.