Almost there… a year without new clothes

27 December, 2010 at 8:13 pm 1 comment

Since I date my year from the 2nd of January 2010, I’m almost there!

How have I gone? Earlier this year, this is how I was doing.

I have to say I think I’ve gotten stricter as the year has gone on… maybe as the prospect of a year comes into sight I don’t want to make any slips. So I’ve shied away from buying any clothes that are new, regardless of where they are made. And I’m surprised to say I haven’t needed to buy any new socks or underwear at all. It helps that people have given me a few things, but I would have managed without.

I do foresee new underwear in my immediate future however… shall have to see what I can find that is locally made.

And there are a few things that it’s just really hard to find in an op shop. Like a decent pair of jeans. I don’t know what species donates their old jeans to op shops, but apparently they are not the same height, width or shape as me.

So I think my year without new clothes has, at least for the time being, completely altered my shopping habits. I don’t say I won’t ever buy another new, non-local piece of clothing, but I’m quite sure I will never do so unthinkingly or without a fairly compelling reason. It’s my default shopping habits that have changed. I will have to have a good reason to buy something new, and even then, a VERY good reason not to buy something locally made or at least in some measure socially and environmentally sustainable.

Let’s see how far that voucher to Lupa (which stocks lots of locally designed and made delights) will stretch!

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  • 1. jostait  |  29 December, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Well done getting through the year! Your mission has been inspiring. You may not realise it, but every time I’ve considered buying clothes, you’ve been sitting on my shoulder, nudging my conscience. It does make you think twice about about how much you really need something. And we don’t usually need, we just want. Big difference. My last few purchases were from op shops and I think my next few will be too.


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