Apologies for the complete and utter lack of any blog posts over most of the Summer holidays.
Suffice to say that attempting to keep up Make Do and Mend-able, and this blog, as well as keep the Smalls vaguely occupied, was more than I could manage.
Tomorrow marks the THRID anniversary of the start of My Make Do and Mend Year-our life changing year of Buying Nothing New.
It totally changed the way we view ‘stuff’, and the things that we buy, and although we are now less strict, we still very rarely buy brand new things, and when we do, we make sure they as ethical as possible.
But I am feeling in need of a new challenge…!
I read this article on the 1 Million Woman website, about a woman who didn’t buy any new clothes for a year, and it got me thinking…
I haven’t bought any brand new clothes for three years now, with the exception of underwear, and a waterproof coat (it’s organic cotton, and we funded it’s Kickstarter 🙂 ) but I love the idea of a year with no new to me clothes at all.
So basically Making Do with what I already have.
It appeals I guess because I don’t really see not buying any brand new clothes as a challenge anymore. It’s just become something I do.
I have read so much about fast fashion, and it’s impacts on the people working in the supply chain, as well as the environmental costs of the textile production, that I don’t really think I could ever bring myself to shop from the High Street again.
But I’ve kind of fallen into a comfort zone, and with prices in charity shops so much cheaper than on the High Street, I think I have probably bought far more clothes in the last 3 years, than in the 3 years before that, all be they secondhand.
However, there is still an environmental footprint attached to secondhand clothes.
Yes, once I am bored with them, I can donate them back to charity shops, or Swish them.
And once they are beyond wear/repair, they can be chopped up for cleaning rags etc.
But ultimately, they will end up in landfill. And most modern clothes are made from synthetic fibres, which don’t break down easily, and when they do, they release chemicals.
I really want to challenge myself, and my Making Do skills, and my Mending skills, to see if I really can spend a whole year without buying clothes.
I floated the idea on Facebook last week, and Nicola from A Lifetime of DIY is joining me. It would be awesome if there were a group of us, so we could all support and encourage each other!
So here’s my rules:
- No new clothes-so that means no buying brand new clothes, and no buying secondhand clothes. It also means no swapping or swishing!
- No new underwear-again, that includes brand new and secondhand. Is it wrong that I’m quite looking forwards to having a go at making some ‘new’ pants from old t-shirts?!
- I can make myself new clothes, but ONLY from the fabric I already have in my possession. So no new fabric either..!
- No new shoes or accessories/bags etc
Here are my exceptions:
I’m going to stick to this as much as I can, but the only things I can forsee that I might need, would either be trainers and/or running gear.
So I’m making an exception for these.
I’m sure I can find running gear secondhand, so I’ll do that, but trainers I think I will have to buy new.
These are my rules, for me. If you wanna join in, you can make your own rules, based on what you think will work for you. For example, you might want to exclude underwear, or work wear etc.
So there we go.
A new Make Do and Mend challenge!
This has got me really excited, and I’m really looking forwards to sharing with you my attempts at repairing and Making Do as the year progresses 🙂
Do shout if you want to join in too, and if there is a crowd of us, I’ll start us a Facebook group, so we can all keep in touch!
UPDATE: We have a Facebook group! AND there are FORTY members already-so pleased it’s not just me being the crazy one!
Here’s the link if you’d like to join 🙂