It took me ages to add my pledge for MMM12, and I only requested to join the Flickr group today… maybe because I’m so ridiculously pumped about this challenge, I’m forgetting to publically acknowledge it? Anyway: I, Amy of Diana & Me, sign up as a participant of MMM’12. I endeavour to wear 9 me-made items per week for the duration of May 2012.
This being my 3rd go at a me-made-month, I’m pretty sure I have enough handmade clothes to manage. But I like to be quite flexible, so I’ve gone for a weekly, rather than daily, total… which also means on some days I’ll have to include more than one me-made item.
But I’m adding my own little challenge to the mix. I admire how Zoe’s attitude to sewing and fashion reflects bigger ideas about sustainability and consumerism. (Did you read the post on cashmere goats? Fascinating!) This is something I feel quite challenged about: does my lifestyle actually reflect my convictions about recycling, sustainability, and generally being a good ‘caretaker’ of the physical resources I’ve got access to?
So, for the month of May, I’m radically cutting down my spending and consumerism. This means no non-essential spending. In other words:
- I can buy groceries from a supermarket – but won’t buy lunches at work, I’ll bring my own. Ditto, toiletries like shampoo and toothpaste are allowed – but not non-essentials like nail polish or eyeshadow.
- No fabric buying! Or notions buying! Or even (sustainable as it is) buying second-hand from charity shops – I have enough potential restyles backed up to last me a lot longer than a month.
- Buying birthday presents is OK, but not ‘little treats’ for myself / the house / Mr B. That includes books / magazines (I’ll use the library).
I am giving myself 3 get-out-of-jail-free cards – basically, if I totally forgot to bring my lunch, I won’t go hungry for the day. But the plan is not to use those unless I really have to.
I know all of this is a tiny drop in the ocean, but I’m interested to see if it changes my mindset longer-term – not needing that instant gratification of see-it-buy-it, but thoughtfully considering how and what I spend money on. Planning my meals for the week should cut down on food wastage, and save money on M&S sandwiches. Not buying new material means I’ll have to use up my stash. And so on. Here’s to May – see you on the other side!