Today it is February 1st, which means my sustainability challenge Sew for a Change begins. I’m thinking it will be easy “since I don’t shop that much”, but last year I’ve been on parental leave and haven’t needed many new things. I don’t know how that will change now that I go back to work. Perhaps it is true that I don’t shop that much, at least not retail, or maybe I’m in for an awakening. Either way I will learn something about myself and my habits.
Anyway, I thought I’d do a monthly summary to see how I did. In this summary I will include purchases, creations and how I did in the star challenge.
We were starting out with 75 points for shopping according to a point system; RTW costs more points than fabrics and environmental friendly materials are cheaper (full details here). I did buy some fabrics in January, after I signed up for the challenge, but before it officially began. My conscience doesn’t let it slide that I hoarded (fabrics from stash are free from points), but since the challenge hadn’t officially begun, I’m taking half the points. Thus, I have so far spent 10 points on fabrics.
For February’s star challenge we are suppose to de-clutter. One item per day, and we can’t throw it in the trash. Since I have a bag full of clothes meant for goodwill, I should be able to pass this challenge. But I am also using it as motivation to try and sell our baby sitter and baby car seat, as well as getting rid of some books.
Ingoing points: 75p
1.75 m and 2 m of jersey
3.25 m of cotton/poly blend
0.75 m stretch denim
1.25 m manchester
Total fabrics: -10 p
Outgoing points: 65p
Are you participating in a challenge this year? Is it about style, sustainability or something else?