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Fall Minimal // Ethical Wardrobe, or my attempt at it.

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I set out to do a project this fall. Mostly for me. Mostly because I looked at the mountains, the peaks, of laundry in my small laundry room and thought, there has to be another way. That, and I recently started looking at the tags on our clothes. I recently started reading about the mass amount of clothes that we wear that people make in an unethical fashion. Fast fashion. It kind of made me sick thinking that the shirt on my back, on my kids back, was made by someone who was not paid fairly, whom could also have a family they are trying to support. I needed to do my part. When I discovered big businesses were making clothing, unethically and purposefully making them so they fall apart, so next season we buy more. I was… disgusted and I didn’t want to be apart of it.

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So we did what we could, with what we had (my motto!).

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MEND

I had a stack of clothes in the laundry room, okay a peak, of clothes I set aside that needed a button, needed a patch or a rip sewn up. I did it. I mended what we had.

THRIFT

I took it upon myself to thrift many of the clothes that we didn’t already have in each of my kids wardrobe. I love thrifting. Ain’t nothing like feeding kids snack after snack so I can have a brief look around. BUT THEN, finding that patagonia hoodie and vintage-y denim dress making the trip all worth while.

ETHICAL

I looked for businesses that made quality, ethically made clothing for kids. Not just any clothes. Clothes that suited our farm lifestyle. Clothes that we plan on wearing next season too!

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Linen jumpsuits, pants and a dress from Red Creek Handmade. Katie makes the most beautiful linen clothes in BC, Canada that are ethical, slow and such great quality.

Leggings and toques from Olive Me Handmade.  Another mama and one women show, making quality leggings and hats herself from organic cotton, in BC, Canada.

Gorgeous Cardigans and hats from Miou Kids. Canadian designed, eco-friendly knits for children, handmade fairly by artisans in Peru.

Leggings and a dress from Alpine Baby Co. Sustainable, ethical clothing made with love in Montana, USA.

Rompers, a card and a handful of tights from local shop, The Skinny. A business run with heart and passion. A collection of ethical brands.

Tees from Soleil Handcrafted. Organic cottons tees to teething necklaces. Organic and made with love.

Tops and leggings from Wildly co. Design and produce ethically made kids clothes, AND helps you put them together in a capsule wardrobe. Made in the USA.

Jammies from UNDERABLES! Ethically made jammies. Yes, that’s right.

Beautifully sewn bonnets from Connexion Baby.

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Now I planned on doing it and posting a follow up of how it’s all been going. BUT we’ve been living this for over a month now, so I’ll share!

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There was more than one time that the kids had nothing to wear. Nothing. Because I was used to letting the laundry pile up when they had more clothes, and always something to wear. I need to stay on top of it, however I am happy with the smaller load. Stain removal. We live on a farm and my kids get dirty. They wear these clothes to play in, I’ve learned some great ways to take out stains. Perhaps I’ll share those in another post. Other than the remembering to stay on top of laundry or I’ll have a bunch of naked children, it’s been really great. The kids drawers are neater. My laundry room is not overflowing with laundry and I might, might, actually enjoy laundry a bit more than I used to.

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Would I do anything differently? I would try to make things a little more cohesive. I will be doing this every single season, BUT I won’t be putting all this work into it like I did this time.

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My purpose of this project was to help me start my journey to minimalism. To have less clutter (laundry). To feel better about our clothes, where they came from and who made them. To make a visual representation to perhaps inspire you to do the same or the very least see that it is possible. I will share below what is in each wardrobe as well as my kids in action in some of these great threads from shops mentioned above.

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HANNAH ANN, 3 years old. 2 cardigans, 7 tops, 3 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of leggings, 4 dresses, 3 rompers.

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BEAU WESTON, 20 months old. 2 sweaters, 3 rompers, 6 pants, 7 tops.

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THEA DAWN, 20 months old. 5 pants, 4 dresses, 2 rompers, 2 cardigans, 2 leggings, 5 tops.

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HALLE MAY, 6 years old.  3 cardigans, 6 pants, 5 dresses, 7 tops, 2 skirts.

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I attempted it and I completed it. Is it perfect? Hell no. I hope I made things a little easier for me. I hope I showed you, that it’s possible and that by getting rid of the old and investing in good quality clothes you are doing good, for yourself, for others, and for our environment.

 

 

 

 

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  • 10/11/2016 - 3:54 PM

    Natasha - I loved every inch of this post… just discovered you and your blog… your farm life looks enchanting..ReplyCancel

  • 10/13/2016 - 6:39 AM

    Elizabeth - This is admirable and a great idea in theory, but we all know you received a fair amount of those clothes for free. Think about a family your size trying to put together something similar and the amount it would cost. Sorry, there is no way you could convince me spending that is reasonable for the average family.ReplyCancel

    • 10/13/2016 - 8:36 AM

      Jenna/Aimee - Hi Elizabeth. Thank you for taking the time to read my project and for your comment. Being a consumer, like pretty much all Canadian families, I have purchased cheap, poorly made clothes for my kids, for many years actually, as well as more expensive, ethical clothes for my family. I have also spent countless hours, by choice, in thrift stores. In my experience, spending more money on less can be the equivalent, or in some cases less expensive, to spending a whole bunch on numerous articles of cheap poorly made clothes. We all have a choice as to where we spend our money. My kids don’t have iPads or a tv in their room, we don’t eat out, and my kids don’t get hot lunch at school. I totally understand why you wouldn’t be convinced, as I believed the same thing you have expressed and didn’t realize the benefits, and feeling of good, until doing so. Our kids need clothes, regardless of where they come from, you could still create a capsule, minimal wardrobe. And it comes highly recommended from a family this size. xxReplyCancel

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