Yesterday while waiting for my client I caught a glimpse of the Oprah show (in reruns) the topic: Ways people save money and live on less. One of the concepts on the show is a little known move towards “freeganism” yes- Freeganism. Freegans live an anti-consumerism lifestyle that embraces community, social change, freedom and cooperation. I have to say I was totally riveted. Many freegans that were highlighted actually earn very good livings and can afford all of the things that they seek out for free (most of which has been discarded by others) including food items, clothing, furniture etc. I certainly applaud anyone who can live simply and enjoy the other fruits of life instead of overspending on unnecessary items and living above their means.
On that same consumerism note I have been hearing loads about the site Six Items or Less which was co-founded by Heidi Hackemer. It started as a global experiment examining the power or what we don’t wear and has burgeoned into a not so quiet movement. The media attention and the inspiration has been amazing and proves that consumerism in this day and age may be just a little passe’.
The idea as taken directly from the sixitemsorless.com website states – What do our clothes say about us? Why do (we ) spend so much time on what we wear? What happens when we don’t? The experiment started on June 21st 2010 when a group of people from California to Dubai took part in a little experiment, here’s the scoop if you dare to try it: each participant gets to choose six (and only six) items of clothing and pledge to wear only these six items of clothing for a month. The previous participants and new participants can share experiences at sititemsorless.com
The exceptions to the rule that don’t count towards the six: undergarments, swim wear, work-out clothes, work uniforms, outer jackets (rain slicker, outdoor jackets) shoes and accessories. You can get multiples of the same items for laundry purposes, but different colors count as separate items.
Surprising as it is for a fashion blog writer and fashion editor, I tend to stick to the same pieces in my closet over and over, black tee, jeans, black dress, cardigan, etc so I am not sure if it will be excruciating, but I am sure there will be challenges (mind you I haven’t 100% committed yet). The timing is serendipitous however, since my move from a house that was stuffed with ten years of accumulations I have been contemplating my own consumerism. Friends of mine are now doing the six or less experiment to raise awareness and donations for charity, which I think is a very needed and noble idea.
I myself tend to purge my closet often because I hate having items that just sit there…I already have a big pile of things to donate and often I send my goods to cities that have been affected by disasters like Nashville Tenn, Arkansas, Florida in light of the BP oil disaster etc…so if you are with me, why not give this a try…and even if you aren’t feeling the six item idea, let’s make it a plan purge our closets this week and send off some boxes to those in need. A good place to start is www.donationtown.org Of course there are loads of people in need right in our backyard. If you are inspired and you do donate or spread this along…please let me know…..we can all do a little bit to help others!