“In 1965, 95% of our clothes were made in America. Today 97% are made overseas, often by garment workers laboring long hours in terrible conditions for little pay.” – New Urban Habitat
Don’t worry, you aren’t breaking any Project333 fashion rules. I just took a peek in my closet and found clothing from China, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Italy. I didn’t look at every piece, but I can almost guess that there isn’t one piece made in America. I can assure you that nothing I wear today is handmade. That makes me sad.
I think that donating clothing we don’t use, and wearing only 33 pieces makes Project 333 a project in living with less and a project about sustainability. We are spending less, buying less, and truly becoming aware of what we need, and don’t need to live a meaningful life.
Indiviually, and collaboratively, we are making real change in the world.
Meet another world changer. Rebecca Burgess is the creator of the Fibershed Challenge. “My one year challenge is to live in clothes that are solely farmed, created, treated, and colored all within 150 miles of my front door,”
I know the first two thoughts that just crossed your mind.
- Wow, that’s cool.
- I hope Courtney doesn’t think she should incorporate that into the Project 333 rules.
Let me quickly respond before you panic. Yes it is and no I won’t.
While it wouldn’t even cross my mind to take on the Fibershed Challenge, even though I admire the mission, I do think we can learn from the message and take a step in the right direction. So now, you might be wondering, “How do I change my wardrobe when I’ve already picked my 33 items?” (drumroll please)
This is a bonus, bonus rule. I just made it up, inspired by this article, and the great comments. You have been in the first or second phase of Project 333 for almost a month. There might be an item you wish you didn’t include in your collection. If there is, you have my blessing to swap it out for something else. Whoa, come back from your tiny closet, and read the rest of the rules. This bonus is called “Local Love” not “Unconditional Love”.
Here are the 3 conditions…
- The item you add to your collection must come from Etsy Local. (and preferably be made and sold within 150 miles of your front door)
- Share your new item description or image through a comment on this blog, a post on the facebook page or flickr page.
- Donate the item it replaces.
Even if you are not fully committed to dressing with only 33 items, see what’s available on Etsy Local. Living with less is cool. Buying local is smart and supporting artists is an honor.
I can’t wait to hear if you decide to take on the “One Love” bonus bonus rule. In the meantime, check out: A Year of Dressing Locally and Fibershed for additional inspiration. Thank you so much to Dan Goodwin for sharing the original article with me and continuing to inspire my creativity. I wrote a review about Dan’s book. If you want to be more focused creatively, check it out.