Thoughts on this past Fashion Revolution week

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Even before I knew it was Fashion Revolution week I had been trying to have discussions with my oldest daughters about smart shopping. Like, maybe we don’t need a half dozen shirts with unicorns on them from Justice (that are already falling apart before they get home) just because you love unicorns? But if I am feeling overwhelmed by it all I can only imagine how they must be feeling when the only time I talk about it is when I finally loose my s**t about the amount of stuff in our house (which is pretty much daily).

So I’m trying to be smarter about it all. I’m trying to figure out ways to have more open conversations about what mass consumerism is doing to our planet but in order to do that I need to be more educated about it myself. Currently I am waiting for the documentary The True Cost to come in from the library. I’m hoping it comes in this week so we can continue our discussion about fashion which, of course, will continue into a discussion about where all of our stuff comes from.

Fashion Revolution week this year (April 23-29) marked the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster that killed 1,134 people, and not much has really been done about working conditions. Did you know there are approximately 7,000 factories in Bangladesh? I read in a news article that 3,000 of those factories are endangering the lives of their low-paid garment workers. I think this is something even children need to know about. Maybe not enough to give them nightmares, but enough so that they know there is another person making their clothing and that we have more sustainable options.

I’m hoping that this week the girls and I will also make some skirts for the summer. They each picked out a fabric from my stash that has been lingering unused for years. I’m hoping that if they have a hand in making something themselves it will mean more to them and they will see how much effort is put into making clothes.

Fashion Revolution week also started the day after Earth Day and the girls had all kinds of Earth Day events they participated in at school. One day was “no garbage lunch day” where they weren’t supposed to bring a lunch where there was no packaging to throw out. Another day was “no plastic” day – which I found rather difficult since I was trying to send them to school without disposable items. Since then, however, I have been trying to stay on top of making snacks they can bring to school that aren’t packaged. I find the packaged snacks that are also vegan pretty limiting because a lot of them contain nuts and they can’t take nuts to school. So I’ve been making a lot of muffins and putting them in plastic reusable containers. It’s all so very overwhelming but I’m really trying.

  2 Replies to “Thoughts on this past Fashion Revolution week”

  1. Johanna
    May 11, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Once or twice a year I would purge the house…. I can’t deal with clutter, it sets off anxiety in me. My kids got used to it 🙂 and they actually started to do it themselves as well (this might have been because it meant a trip to value village :-)). As young adults none of them are pack rats per say but neither are they as anal as I am about clutter 🙂
    My experience was that my girl had a harder time of it than the boys. She became very attached to her stuff. The boys, then and now, seem not to become as attached.
    On the purchasing side of things my kids and myself mostly had cloths from value village or other thrift stores. It was rare to get things brand new. They enjoyed it, especially Gwen when she went through her goth stage 🙂
    It is hard in society today to try and be responsible consumers.

    • May 11, 2018 at 10:17 am

      I went through a long period of time where I only shopped at Value Village as well. In Montreal (where I went to university) there were so many fantastic used clothing stores that were really cheap and fun to sift through. I don’t really have the patience for that anymore so I stick to nicer consignment stores but at least I’m not buying everything new.

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