Hi Rachel, we’d like to know what inspired you to get involved in the Six Items Challenge?
This challenge is something very different to anything else I have done. In the past I have given something up for Lent but I haven’t done this recently. This is a bigger challenge than simply not eating chocolate or drinking alcohol as I don’t consume them daily anyway. I wear clothes everyday and it will be interesting to see if I can cope with such a limited number of clothes.
Have you always thought about fashion from an ethical standpoint, or is it something new to you?
I have been passionate about Fairtrade for many years and in the past 2 years I have got more into it. I am already conscious about where clothes come from and have been buying more Fairtrade cotton tops from Traidcraft and M&S. My two children wear lots of Fairtrade clothes from Little Green Radicals and Piccalilly.
What other themes are you thinking of in relation to the challenge; sustainability? Thriftiness? Reducing consumption? Personal identity?
Definitely reducing consumption. I try my best to wear clothes for more than one day so this will be a good way of making sure I do so. This hopefully will reduce my laundry.
What have you done to get organised in the run-up the the Challenge?
I have made sure all my clothes are clean and those that I will NOT be wearing will be going away so I am not tempted to cheat and wear them. My wardrobe will just contain the tops and trousers I have chosen for the 6 weeks.
What are you expecting to be the most difficult aspect?
I have two small children so some days my clothes get very messy very quickly. I don’t change my clothes as the next set will only get dirty too but occasionally my 15 month old son likes to be sick on me, usually after a feed and then I do need to change my clothes. This past week he has been a little unwell and we both have gone through lots of clothes. Should he be unwell during the next 6 weeks, I could run short of clothes to wear very quickly!
I will also have to keep on top of my laundry. Very often my clothes get buried to the bottom of the basket so I will have to make sure I wash my clothes as soon as they need it.
What do you think you’ll experience during / after the challenge?
I hope to become more appreciative of the clothes I have and to think more about where my clothes come from and those who make them.
Have you chosen your items yet? If you have, what are they?
Yes! I am a stay at home mum so my wardrobe is pretty much jeans and t-shirt, but I like to wear something nice for Church on Sundays so I have chosen a dress to wear as its one item and I don’t get many opportunities to wear it. I have chosen which two pairs of jeans and which two t-shirts to wear. A lot of my t-shirts are made from Fairtrade cotton so I have choosen two of these.