"Buy less, choose well, make it last." --Vivienne Westwood
Now into April, and another month to continue our Make Do and Mend Year. We're still using the Make Do and Mend Year Sustainable Planner (from My Make Do and Mend Life), and the topic for this month-- FASHION.
Did you know that the fashion industry is the second largest polluting industry, after oil production? Most of us have maybe come across the term fast fashion, where trends drive manufacturing of clothing to high levels and shops can offer multiple, inexpensive clothing collections per year. Being trend-driven, this cheap clothing often results in use-and-throw-away fashion--clothing hardly being used/worn and then tossed. Fast fashion, sadly, also often means that cotton/fiber growers, garment workers, and the environment suffer and are exploited as a result...This is part of the "price tag" on most of the clothing that is available.
Like with re-evaluating plastic use, along with things/stuff in life, reconsidering clothing and where it comes from is another important step in living a more sustainable life. Questions like what we wear, why we buy it, where we buy it, brand ethics and more are good to keep in mind when making the next clothing purchase.
My/Our FASHION Goals and Actions for April:
1. NO NEW CLOTHES for the month of April.
2. CAPSULE WARDROBE... do a wardrobe edit and revive a minimal clothing challenge like Project 333, which I have done times before, and does help with re-examining one's wardrobe and clothing needs, function, etc...
3. EDUCATION... learn more about better choices for clothing purchases, research brand ethics, what shops are offering--basically reconsidering everything about shopping and clothing use, buying, etc. Think slow fashion!
4. HANDMADE WARDROBE... developing plans for my own handmade wardrobe--make it myself! This will go way beyond the month of April, probably even the year, but I am excited about this and carrying it into the future... see below!
5. NEED vs WANT... continue to examine the differences of need vs want, where desires come from, impulses, learn to want less, and be happy with less... This one seems the key of much of our make do and mend year.
We only did so-so during last month's challenge, which included less shopping... Some expenses turned up... And I was naughty and did indulge in purchasing a couple of crochet patterns and yarn... So must try harder! :/
I've began learning how to go about creating a handmade wardrobe--gathering ideas, reading, making sketches, shuffling through some clothing patterns I already have, what fabrics I have in my stash already (not much for dressmaking currently, but I do have this "greige" cotton-linen and indigo chambray), what might be needed, etc. This is going to be a looong project...