Seeing the beginning of this made me realize how simple it is to make one of these. I would of course fill it with something else than fossil-plastic “beans”. Why not use real beans and air it out if it gets wet? Or wool either a type that filts or one that does not.
The advantage of wool is that it provides insulation and a nice warmth – beans do not. This is useful during the cold winters, one could make two and alternate or just switch the filling (wool=winter,beans=summer).
Participants of the Sewing Rebellion are invited to emancipate themselves from the global garment industry by learning how to alter, mend and make their own garments and accessories! Hosted by Frau Fiber, textile worker and activist. Frau Fiber distributes her knowledge of the garment industry, pattern making and sewing, encouraging the reuse, renovation and recycling of existing garments and textiles in the creation of unique items tailored to individual tastes and body shapes. source
Rereading the above made me look around the internet to see if other have stopped shopping.
In Norway the journalist and writer Irina Lee has stopped shopping for a year and is quoted saying:
Jeg er et lettere, lykkeligere og rikere menneske i dag, enn jeg var for ett år siden. Alt takket være Stop shop, forklarer Lee. (I am a lighter, happier and more rich today than i was one year ago. This is thanks to “Stop shop”, Lee explains.) source, my translation.
Lee has started a group on Facebook to encourage and help people stopping the shopping. The group had over 800 members in january 2013.
Also Jenny Skavlan, a norwegian fashion blogger, who joined the “Stop shop”-wave reports increasing creativity after joining. Skavlan has written a list with 5 tips (in norwegian) to people who “stop shop”:
- Mend your clothes
- Clean your clothes more gently (and perhaps more seldom)
- Decorate with perls and the like
- Sew with thick garnments that does not fray (leather, and the like)
- Borrow clothes from family and friends
More norwegians blogging about their “stop shop” 2013.
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I am happy because I was inspired a lot by the following websites:
Please comment if you were also inspired and perhaps decided to also do something yourself.
- 285.000 members
- all posts is shared with other members (and everyone else it seems) with a license similar to cc-by-sa.
- very interesting categories with thousands of posts:
I’m not yet a member but this site seems very promising. Go look for yourself