There is a lot happening for The Big Shwop this month: we’ve started planning our next event (watch this space!), we’re doing lots of development on the business, and during a break between jobs I am using the change of season to get cracking and take some personal challenges in the name of responsible shopping.
1) Cut up the credit card and take a one month no shopping challenge!
I can’t deny it – I really love clothes and I really love shopping. That said since starting The Big Shwop my impulse shopping spree’s have been greatly curbed and directed towards collecting great second hand and NZ made items. However, the cunning credit card still lurks and tempts me now and then and I thought now was the time to take the plunge and go one step further: CUT IT UP AND CUT IT OUT – and see if I can go for 4 weeks without buying a single item of clothing. Not even tights or accessories! Because basically we all have way too much stuff in our lives, and my stop shopping challenge will hopefully prove that we can definitely make a lot more use of what we already have!
2) Take the Six Items or Less Challenge
You may have read about this interesting new idea on one of Sarah’s previous blogs here. The Six Items or less challenge was started by a group of people from across several countries who took part in an experiment where they choose six (and only six) items of clothing and pledge to wear only those six items of clothing for a month. The challenge provided some valuable personal insights for them – and after reading about it on their blog Six Items or Less I got to thinking – by joves I could do this too!
So – Myself and my trusty partner in crime – Big Shwop Co-director Chrissy McGonigal are taking the plunge and doing the Six Items or Less this month – all the in the name of sustainable fashion!
We’ll keep you updated on how we go – it will be another reminder that we can still be fashionable without having to constantly update our wardrobes with clothes that are often made without any respect for the environment or the people who have made them. And please feel to join us on our mission! If you’re keen to take up the challenge with us please get in touch via the blog or email me – firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll include your stories along with our own.
I’ve started choosing my items – I have my first four locked in: plain black jeans, oversized merino T-shirt, button up printed dress & vintage leather jacket. But am a bit stuck on the last two…. Crikey pretty soon it’s going to be an easy choice of what to wear each morning!
Keep in touch to see how our spring challenges work out!