Let’s all try to be Healthy – Part 3

Eco Mama – Day 30

So far in my 3 part series on trying to stay as healthy as we can, I’ve discussed food and natural beauty products.  “Beauty products” has elicited a lot of excitement and curiosity and “Food” has elicited some very strong opinions and even passionate discussions amongst commenters.  I just love that… and some of the comments were just dripping with sarcasm — I love that even more.  Thanks for weighing in, everyone!

Today’s topic is something I think we can all agree on — clothes.  My mission this month has been to wear all eco-friendly, fair trade and organic clothes (and here’s the kicker) on a budget!  This has proven to be quite a challenge and I’ve learned what most veteran Eco Mamas have known for years — this means fewer clothes!


I’ve worn this outfit a zillion times this month and I still like it…

A true Eco Mama has a small, tidy closet that’s filled with very nice, built to last, responsibly made clothes.  This might include one pair of jeans, several organic t-shirts, a couple of nice, tribal-looking blouses to add a little zing, a handmade, alpaca sweater for warmth, a dress for date night, a pair of boots for winter, a pair of sandals for summer and a ton of fair trade scarves to help create endless outfit possibilities.

And that’s it.  Being an Eco Mama means knowing exactly what’s in your closet, how it was made and where it came from.


Handmade, repurposed belt from San Francisco designer “Stella Fluorescent”…

Being an Eco Mama is all about knowledge — and I don’t mean the kind of knowledge where you see some person eating a big Mac and you feel it’s your duty to tell them all about the “pain and suffering in a bun” they’re blindly consuming.  I’m talking about inner knowledge — you’re smart, you’ve done your research and you have peace of mind over your choices — that’s empowering!

What I’ve learned this month is that less is more.  It was kind of a relief to know that I didn’t have a ton of clothes to pick from in my closet — my life is complicated enough and I found my simplified wardrobe to be very calming.  Even looking at a closet that wasn’t overstuffed and teaming with clothes was a de-stresser.  I thought, so this is why Buddhist monks are always so peaceful — no outfit decisions!


As far as my favorite organic items this month, I’d have to go with my organic t-shirts from American Apparel.  They’re inexpensive and softer than any t-shirt I’ve ever owned.  I also loved Global Girlfriend for jewelry and their great sale items and Planet Shoes for all kinds of eco-friendly footwear.

But as far as my future and clothes, this Eco Mama feels like thrifting is the way to go.  Thrifting is local, inexpensive and the clothes are already made.  You’re not telling a big retailer to go make more clothes.  To reuse and repurpose clothes is the best way to love the Earth and your bamboo, hand-dyed wallet.

Hopefully, these last 3 posts have inspired you.  I know my whole Eco Mama month has inspired me.  We all have such power to make a difference in the world.  I know sometimes I forget that because my day consists of making grilled cheese sandwiches and wiping noses (my children’s, not just random people’s noses).  I forget that each little decision I make has a ripple effect and if we all make wise decisions, well, that’s a pretty big ripple.

So may our healthy choices help the Earth and our bodies so that we live to such a ripe old age that we’re falling asleep in a wheelchair in front of a hundred birthday candles while a bunch of bored nursing home aids sing us “Happy Birthday”.

Uh… Maybe this healthy thing isn’t such a good idea after all…



  • Von says:

    I think you’ve done really well with this month as it is such a tricky one. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when faced with all the issues around eco stuff, there is so much to think about, I just get so far with subjects like the one you mention, parabens, or say plastics and food before it becomes quite tricky to even choose a shampoo, I’m not the best at deciding on things when I’ve too much choice at the best of times let alone when there is all the background research too. When I start getting into eco subjects I’ll sort of paddle about a while then find out more and more until even making one decision is a bit like working through a complicated mental flow chart. There’s the issue of what decisions we can afford too and it is so frustrating when it just comes down to whether one can afford principles or not. I think you’ve shown that with careful shopping you can so that’s really inspiring, I’m sure I’ll check back to this month’s posts. I have been working away on my own little projects inspired by your blog but they are not really at the blog-worthy stage. My Katharine Hepburn wardrobe is not really working after many ebay buys not being quite right so I’m a bit disillusioned with that one although I am completely won over by trousers instead of skirts and the feel of the shoes if not quite the appearance of them. I have started a different little project though, working through the ideas in the magazines I buy instead of just skim reading. Yesterday was quite interesting as I following the magazine meant the curling wand was taken out of retirement and a cobalt blue ensemble put together along with a fruit pudding, not an outfit description but a dessert. I think I need the inspiration of fashion spreads to guide me through these tricky decisions of clothing as the reason I found your blog in the first place was complete bewilderment at what to wear at all, let alone as a SAHM. I did see Nigella Lawson wearing an outfit I just loved, a tux for a woman. They called it ‘Sapphic dressing’ from away back in 1920s Berlin. That wouldn’t be my reason for wearing the style but it all just harps back to the androgenous look which I thought I’d have to abandon plans for due to shape yet if Nigella can pull it off then there is hope for me too. I hope she sticks with it for long enough to give me some ideas of how to adapt the style and that it wasn’t just for one photo. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2478687/The-tuxedo-women–demonstrated-Nigella-Lawson.html I’m going to sell some of my clothes, dresses mainly, and buy some new clothes that feel more me. I do think I need to be wary of comfort dressing though and those jazz pants just aren’t meant to escape into everyday yet they do. Looking forward to seeing Bombshell month very much! Marilyn Monroe has to be my favourite Bombshell but Christina Hendricks’ character in Mad Men and more generally her Red Carpet look would have to be my modern style icon for that. I did toy with her look but it was only just hitting the high street back then and all the good stuff was in the US with Janie Bryan, the stylist for Mad Men, launching her own range.

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      Thanks so much for your thoughts. I live in a very eco-friendly town so it’s easy for me to forget that a lot of people out in the world don’t side with the environmental movement and are more in favor of big business. Our town believes so strongly in shopping locally and growing gardens and riding bicycles and eating organic that I just forget that other people outside my bubble live differently. I didn’t think anything I said about GMOs was that outrageous! I guess I was wrong.

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