Clothes and Project 333

I’ve written about Reusing Old Clothes and Shoes before, but this week I wanted to think about how to deal with your clothes collection in general. In addition to costing a lot, buying lots of clothes and having more than you need can mean that you’re effectively using a lot of the world’s resources on what you wear every day. I always think that by buying an item you’re saying to the company, “I’m okay with you using non-organic cotton/too much packaging/synthetic materials” etc, so it’s worth thinking about what messages you’re sending out with your purchases!

I’ve been looking at all my clothes for a while and thinking about which ones I wear most often and which sit at the back of the drawer or never make it out of the wardrobe. There are some things that I’ve donated without a second thought, but there are lots of thing left that are ‘maybe I’ll wear this one day’ items.

Since I’ve become interested in Minimalism, I’ve read a lot about Project 333. If you haven’t heard of it before, this project essentially involves you picking 33 items and wearing only those for 3 months. Here are the basics of the project from website Project 333:

The Basics

  • When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
  • What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
  • What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear,  and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
  • How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
  • What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

I keep thinking about it, and to be honest I feel at the moment that this might be a step too far for me – although it’s been very successful for many other people!

But I do still want to work out which items I can get rid of without missing them. A method which I’m currently following is turning all the hangers in your wardrobe the wrong way round. Every time you wear an item of clothing, turn that hanger back the right way. This way you can see which items you wear and which you don’t. I would recommend reviewing this at the end of a season or after a few months, as then you’ll be able to know that you haven’t worn that jumper for the entire winter, for example, and therefore you’re unlikely to wear it again.

Of course, there’s no point in reducing the number of clothes you have if you just keep buying more to replace them! As I mentioned in my post Minimalism, I’ve been keeping a ‘wish list’ of items I want but don’t need, in order to try and cut down on impulse purchases. It’s worth applying this to clothes too – it really makes you aware of how much you buy needlessly!

Have you tried Project 333 or something similar? What do you think is the best method for cutting down on your clothes collection?

P.S It’s Earth Day today! I haven’t done a separate post as I’ve already written about the National Day of Unplugging and Earth Hour, but if you’re interested then check out this website.

100 Happy Days #1

I recently read on peonut’s blog about a challenge called 100 Happy Days. You can find the website about it here. Essentially you take a photo of something that makes you happy every day for 100 days. You can share your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or keep them private. I decided that I’d like to share some of my photos on my blog each week. For me, this challenge is about finding happiness in simple things, something I am trying to achieve throughout my going green journey. Here are a few of my photos from this week! Let me know if you’re doing this challenge (or anything similar) too; it would be great to see what makes you happy each day.

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I could make this challenge easy for myself and just take a photo of one or both of my cats every day – they always make me happy :)

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A lovely sunny blue sky out my window one day – seeing the sun is something that can really brighten up my mood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made these cute little Easter cards in an afternoon - I didn't have to go out and buy anything as I already had everything I needed in the house. They make me smile as I think they're cute and I love the patterned papers I used.

I made these cute little Easter cards in an afternoon – I didn’t have to go out and buy anything as I already had everything I needed in the house. I got inspiration from this pin I found on Pinterest; you can find it on its original website here.

This is a very blurry photo as it’s of my laptop screen. I took it when my blog reached 100 followers as this was something that I’d been aiming towards for a while.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy photo-taking and Happy Easter! :)

Vapour Rub

As many of us are at this time of year, I’m just getting over a cold. The last time I had a blocked nose I bought myself a small tub of vapour rub from Boots, but now I’m wondering if it wouldn’t just be better if I made my own. I’m still going to use up what I already have – I feel like it would be a bit of a waste if I didn’t – but considering that its main ingredient is petroleum (crude oil – Vaseline is made of this too), I definitely want to move on from it when I can!

I’ve had this recipe saved on Pinterest for a while now, and although I can’t vouch for it as I haven’t actually tried it yet, I thought it sounded quite simple and straight-forward so I’m definitely planning on giving it a go!

Coconut Chest Rub

Ingredients
1 heaping spoonful extra virgin coconut oil, in solidified state
3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
3 drops lemon essential oil
*3 drops peppermint essential oil

*my first batch didn’t include this, but my next one did!!
As always, remember to keep essential oils out of the reach of children, and try to use organic ingredients when you can.

1. Mix them together in a small pot and rub into your chest and upper back.

2. If it’s coldish in the house (say, less than mid-20c C or 60s F) you can keep this out at room temperature. Otherwise, put it in a cool place (like the fridge or entryway) so the coconut oil doesn’t liquify.

You can find the original post at http://www.easypeasyorganic.com/2010/05/coconut-chest-rub.html.

Have you tried any similar organic/homemade/eco friendly vapour rubs or cold remedies? It would be great to hear about some more and learn which would be good to try!

Think Again

I love a good infographic and thought this one was great for depicting how much we can save by rejecting disposable food packaging! No matter how often I see statistics and images like this it still shocks me!

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Liebster Award

liebster2In the past few days I have been lucky enough to be nominated for the Liebster Award twice, by Laura Kelly at The Next 50 Years and Dr Icecream at Med Until I Make It.

From what I gather, the Liebster Award can be awarded to bloggers with 500 followers or less, to help welcome them to blogging and to bring attention to their blogs. I have been blogging for less than a year and haven’t yet quite reached the 100 followers mark so I feel very pleased to have been recognised by 2 other bloggers! Thanks guys! :)

Here are the procedures I need to follow to accept the nomination, which I have taken from Laura Kelly’s post:

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you.

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by your nominator.

3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 500 followers.

4. Tag other nominees in a comment to their blog so that they know they have been nominated.

As Laura was the first blogger to nominate me, I’m going to answer the questions she has asked – so here’s a little bit more about me!

  1. What motivated you to start blogging? I really felt that the only way I was going to achieve my goal of becoming more environmentally friendly was to start a blog and explain the ins and outs of it to others. I wanted to help other people towards this goal and also clarify each step in my mind too!
  2. What or who inspires you in life? Since joining the wordpress community I think I have been most inspired by Sian, who blogs at The Never Ending Headache, and Jess, at No One Gets Flowers for Chronic Pain. They constantly remind me how tough and yet how rewarding it is to deal with chronic pain, and I am always inspired by how brave they both are.
  3. What would your perfect day look like? It would be lovely and sunny and I would have a lazy day practising yoga, reading, eating some good food and spending time with my boyfriend.
  4. What is your favorite way to relax? Reading or knitting (I’m currently knitting a jumper for the first time!)
  5. Cats, dogs, or both? Cats (but that’s not to say I hate dogs!)
  6. How do you get your exercise? I like to practise yoga! I had a brief phase of running once a week, but then the weather got worse so sadly it petered out a bit.
  7. Favorite Ice cream? Hmmm…chocolate probably!
  8. The one book everyone should own? There are so many books that I love that I can’t really pick just one! I would recommend in particular Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Beth Terry’s Plastic Free Life.
  9. If you were granted the power to change one thing in the world what would it be and why? Obviously I would stop climate change ;)
  10. What super power would you like to possess and why? I would love to be invisible for a day and listen in on people’s conversations!
  11. What is one thing you would like everyone who visits your blog to know about you? I love hearing about what you’re doing to help the environment – it helps to remind me that I’m not alone.

And here are the 11 bloggers I would like to nominate for the Liebster Award!

  1. Earthniversity
  2. Tumbleweeds and Seeds
  3. The Non-Plastic Maori
  4. Mishmashcooking
  5. Relearning Human
  6. The Never Ending Headache
  7. Clump A Day
  8. No One Gets Flowers For Chronic Pain
  9. Love Lush Australia
  10. My Light Bag
  11. Andrea Elizabeth

Sorry to all those who I couldn’t nominate! I enjoy all the blogs I follow and wish I could give you all an award!

N.B. I was also nominated for a couple of awards a while ago that I haven’t yet followed up on, so look out for learning more about me soon :)

My questions (I have snaffled some of the above as I thought they were quite interesting!):

  1. What motivated you to start blogging?
  2. What or who inspires you in life? 
  3. What would your perfect day look like?
  4. What is your favourite way to relax?
  5. How do you get your exercise?
  6. The one book everyone should own?
  7. What super power would you like to possess and why?
  8. What is one thing you would like everyone who visits your blog to know about you?
  9. Do you have a favourite blog?
  10. What’s your favourite way to be creative?
  11. Which environmental cause (if any) is the most important to you?

Thanks for reading! Back to green posts soon! :)

Earth Hour

So this post is about the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour – similar to the National Day of Unplugging, which I previously wrote about, but this is only for an hour.

Basically, the idea is that you turn off all your lights at 8.30pm on Saturday 29th March for an hour – and appliances, TV, computer too if you like – and do something that is better for our planet (for some ideas, check out WWF’s list of 60 Things To Do In The Dark). If you really can’t do it at this time, pick another time instead, I don’t think it really matters! But if you do move it then I’d suggest you should go for a time that you normally have lights blazing and you’re using lots of power, just so it makes more of a difference to you.

I try to do something similar every now and again, but I love the thought of so many people turning their lights out at the same time, all to show solidarity for our world. UK attractions including Big Ben, the London Eye, Brighton Pier and Blackpool Tower will all be turning off their lights – joining in with thousands of people around the world!

One of my favourite ideas is curling up with a good book and some hot chocolate (I have lots of candles so I can make use of them too!), although my sisters should be around that day so I’ll make my priority catching up with them :)

Do you think this is a good idea? What are you going to do?