Slow life: Definition and application of a movement which encourages you to slow down

7 May 2019

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Slow Life: definition

Begun in the 1980s, the Slow movement has quickly grown more widespread all over the world, as astance against the consumer society. This latter having established a celebration of individualism, a frantic pace and a manufacturing system which started to lead to a massive depletion of natural resources all since the 30 year post-war boom... Slow Life supporters believe that modern life equals frenzy, frustration, an obsession with success and a lack of self-esteem, as is seen with the acknowledgement ofburn outin the business world.

Slow life, a return to basic values such as nature

As a response to global acceleration, this philosophical movement suggests taking time to slow down - in order to reclaim the world and live consciously. Like acelebration of slowness, Slow Life is based on fundamental values. It promotes authenticity, kindness, sharing and a return to nature.

The various areas of application of the Slow Life movement

In concrete terms, this philosophical way of thinking can be applied to many areas of everyday life.

  • Slow Food

This is emerging in opposition tofast food, literally food which is prepared and eaten “fast”, a symbol of junk food. It was in 1986, in Italy that the gastronomic journalist Carlo Petrini launched Slow Food, which today has become an international organisation, having the snail as its emblem, and which defends a healthier, seasonal, local and environmentally-friendly food industry.

  • Slow Tourism

This trend, which started at the beginning of the 2000s suggests travelling differently. It means avoiding modes of transport which are quick but extremely polluting, such as flying. The traveller no longer seeks to get to the other side of the world quickly to stay in an impersonal hotel. “Slow travel” invites one to discover new horizons without rushing. This means travelling less far, but in a better way, reconnecting with the earth, enjoying the present moment, meeting people, staying in someone’s home, getting off the beaten track. Through ethical commitment or a need to disconnect, more and more people are choosing this type of more ecological and authentic tourism, with a more human dimension. Its slogan would be “there’s no point in running”.

  • Slow Cosmetics

This means taking care of oneself, while also paying attention to the world around us. This “soft revolution” was started by the Belgian Julien Kaibeck in the 2010s. Today, a great number of miracle products are made from ingredients which are bad for our planet, such as palm oil, or also bad for our health such as endocrine disruptors. Slow” cosmetics are uniquely designed with natural, healthy, high quality ingredients, generally sourced from plants, with a tendency to use essential oils clay or hydrolats. Just as with “eating well”, the followers of “being well” want to know what is written on the label. The product’s origin, manufacturing process and its impact all have major importance for these consumers.

This more responsible and less short-termist consumption is developing in the majority of areas. Staying true to this “natural” belief, LAFUMA Mobilier’s commitment has always been to offer products with a limited environmental impact, throughout the life of the product.

This is why our products are in line with an eco-design approach. Our company is committed to producing “more with less”: lower energy and material consumption, more durability, strength and technicity.

The fabrics are guaranteed to be free from substances that are toxicto the body and to the environment with the label Oeko-Tex;. Aluminium, cardboard or paper are all sourced from recycled materials. The majority of materials are sourced from less than 150 km from the business and our packaging is reduced to a minimum. Also, we make it a point of honour to make our furniture last as long as possiblethanks to a collection of replacement accessories which ensure an lengthened lifespan for the product.

LAFUMA Mobilier chair in the zero gravity position

Since its beginnings, LAFUMA Mobilier has aimed to bring man closer to Nature, through outdoor pastimes and possibilities of relaxing outside. The Slow life spirit encourages you to recharge the batteries and give yourself tranquil rest. The zero gravity position, available in our relaxation chairs, gives everyone the opportunity, at home, at any time, to breathe and relax, to free oneself from stress.

How to get into the Slow life ?

You just have to let go. This can be easy to say, but difficult to achieve. Adopting a slower way of life, firstly means to refocus on our needs and emotions, to take time for oneself, and to awaken the senses. Slow life does not mean doing nothing. On the contrary, boredom and laziness are as much to be avoided as stress or discontent. It happens by adopting new little habits: planning the day-to-day less, and allowing some spontaneity to take place,listeningto close friends,developing creativitythrough artistic activities, meditating,and rediscovering simple pleasures...