This, Not That

A series providing creative plastic-free solutions.

Today I’m excited to bring you a guest post from Jane, of the Fairdare blog. Jane is an expert on ethical and sustainable clothing. Several readers have asked about ideas and sources for synthetic-/plastic-free athletic wear. I asked Jane for help, and she didn’t disappoint. She has a fantastic list to help us eliminate plastic from our wardrobes. Thanks, Jane!

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Fairdare by Jane

It’s with great pleasure to bring you a guest post today by Jane, author of the Fairdare blog. There are few blogs that speak to me as consistently and powerfully as Jane’s. She’s a change-maker that brings me hope through her actions and words. For further inspiration, please read on!

Hello! It’s exciting to be in this space today, and it’s an honor to be invited to share a little about the Fairdare here! Julie and I share so many of the same values: a love for zero-waste, simplicity + beauty found in the little things. One of the best things about writing + putting it out there into the vast unknown is making connections with like-minded people who become friends every bit as real as if we were able to sit down for a cup of tea together. Julie is one of those friends for me! I love reading about other’s simple pleasures and especially getting to peek inside their closets (invited, of course).  🙂

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Make It Do

Following a “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” philosophy not only protects our planet’s natural resources, but it provides a pause in the consumption cycle allowing for contentment with what we have.

I filled the shopping cart three times, on separate occasions, but stopped short of hitting the checkout button. I selected a beautiful silk dress, cashmere sweater and leather clutch. It would have been a show stopper and I felt good about each piece because they were ethically made.

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I Dare You

Fairdare | the beauty in simpleWe all get dressed everyday. We dress for style, we dress for function, we dress for the weather, we dress for the occasion, but not often enough do we dress for the people or the planet. My friend and favorite blogger, Jane, is daring us to change that. She’s started a powerful and important new website called “fairdare” whose intent is to dare us to dress fair. Here are her words…

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Purse Dump

Keeping a Minimal Purse | the beauty in simpleThere was a bag check at the concert I attended last week. When the guy looked into my purse he said, “Wow, that’s the easiest bag I’ve ever checked,” and ushered me through. I looked at my husband with a grin and said, “The beauty in simple.” It gave me the idea to dump my purse contents out for you all to see. There’s absolutely nothing interesting about what I hold in my purse. What might be interesting (to some) is what I don’t carry.

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Making My Own Clothes

Clothing Made at Home | the beauty in simpleMy approach to ethical fashion is buying my clothes secondhand, buying less, but choosing well, or making my own clothes. Although I started sewing my own clothes when I was a young child, fewer garments have been made in my adult life. Sewing for myself has been a frustrating process of time and money wasted on making ill-fitting or frumpy looking clothes from poorly drafted or sized patterns. Lately I’ve been giving it a second chance using patterns from independent designers, and I’m happy with the results.

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Made in the USA

Made in USA | the beauty in simpleMy husband and I were on our way to my daughter’s graduation. He was dressed in his only pair of dress slacks made of heavy wool, which were better suited for a cold winter day then the beautiful spring day that we were having. He commented that wool no matter the weight, is good in any season. He also reminded me that the pants were made in the USA, which somehow negated any inappropriateness of the clothing for the weather. I laughed and joked that my clothes must also be USA made because they’re so old I got them before clothes were manufactured outside of the country. (I actually looked on the labels when I got home and found the top was made in El Salvador, but couldn’t read the pants label because it was faded from repeated washings. I suspect they too were constructed outside of the United States.)

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Make It Do

Following a “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” philosophy not only protects our planet’s natural resources, but it provides a pause in the consumption cycle allowing for contentment with what we have. In this series I share personal stories of making do.

Details on a Vintage Pillow Case Dress | the beauty in simpleI received a child’s birthday party invite last week. Running to the store to buy a present would be the normal thing to do, but the only stores I shop at these days are thrift stores. This mama friend of mine loves to thrift and would appreciate a secondhand toy or book for her daughter, but my favored gift is giving something sewn by me using materials I have on hand. Looking through my dwindling fabric stash the choices were meager, but I remembered the beautiful vintage pillow cases sitting in the linen closet. A pillow case dress would be the perfect gift for a sweet two-year-old girl.

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