I have always had a problem throwing away clothes when they start to show signs of wear. I have clothes in my closet that are 20 years old and I still love them. Needless to say, I don’t spend a lot of money on wardrobe. I am one of the people that the fashion industry loathes. I consider the seasonal changes of new colors and styles to be nothing more than a gimmick to get us to spend money and I refuse to participate. Thrift store t-shirts and jeans are all I need most days now that I am retired and the few ‘dress clothes’ I have in my closet are plenty for my low key social life. I accessorize with different scarves or shawls I have knitted and call it good.
The fashion industry is notorious for the amount of waste it generates. Many fashion houses box up and burn their unsold goods to maintain their brand (1). Millions of dollars of perfectly usable clothing and shoes up in smoke. The fashion industry is way overdue for a sustainability makeover. Consumers can drive that demand if they just insist on more environmentally friendly goods and services. My small part of that is to make the clothes I have last longer by repurposing or mending what is already in my closet.
One of the challenges I face in every house we have lived in has been having a place to craft and having a room to use for guests when more than two people come to visit at one time. We’ve always had a home with two guest bedrooms, but one of those bedrooms has always been full of a computer desk, sewing machine, craft cubbies, book shelves, etc. Usually squeezed in around the sides of a double bed. Too much stuff in too little space.
I like to use scrubbies on my dishes that will not scratch the finish. Being that I cook from scratch a lot, I’m washing pots and pans almost every day. I’ve always kept a few of the plastic scrubbies on hand, but I hate how they come apart and unravel, plus you can’t just throw them in the washing machine and reuse them. When I saw the Red Heart Cotton Scrubby yarn at my local craft store, I decided to give it a try. No, it’s not organic but it is machine washable.
Hi there! I am Jeannine.
I believe that a holistic and balanced approach to life is a must when living with an autoimmune disease. I share gluten and dairy free recipes and all the other things I do here. I just like doing stuff and making stuff.
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