We cannot continue to be so wasteful: So many clothes, clothes seldom or never worn. If this is you, it’s time to change: Purge, rehome, recycle. Learn what suits you and wear it: Be yourself, buy less, feel good. This is the essence of grassetstyle.
Starting from the 13 September 2019, I’m going to encourage as many people as I can to buy fewer clothes. I’m committing to buying no new clothes, shoes and accessories for 365 days and to doing my very best to raise a significant amount of money for life-saving cancer research and sustainability projects at The Gordon Schools, Huntly. It’s called GS365NNC.
GS365NNC is my acronym for grassetstyle 365 No New Clothes. Until 13 September 2020 I will be abstaining from any new clothes, shoes and accessories and organising a number of fun events focused on raising money and reducing landfill. The money raised will be shared between Cancer Research UK and The Gordons School, Huntly.
So by now you are probably wondering why? In 2020, it will be 10 years since my good friend Gill died from pancreatic cancer. She is often in my thoughts along with too many others for whom I wish there had been a cure.
Cancer Research UK is the world’s largest charity dedicated to saving lives through research, its vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
The Gordons Schools (TGS) is my son’s and his two older sisters’ secondary school. Young people today face a devastating environmental legacy. This money will support ongoing and future sustainability projects at the school helping them to blaze a trail.
Spread the word to family, friends, colleagues, former pupils and teachers of TGS, anyone who might want to share ideas, help or fundraise. I’m happy to speak to everyone about GS365NNC (no group too large or small!). Please share the grassetstyle Facebook posts!
Recycle your clothes and textiles, do not put them in the bin! Challenge yourself to buy no new clothes or less clothes. Support our fundraising events and initiatives.
Surprise! I’m a finalist!
I’ve been nominated for and have been chosen as a finalist in the Inspirational Volunteer category of the Inspiring Aberdeenshire 2020 Awards! Surprised, shocked, thrilled, so many other adjectives……!!!!
In mid-February I was so happy to learn that I have completed my Diploma from the British College of Professional Styling! Thanks to everyone who modelled for me! If you would like to book a 3 hour session for advice on colours, shape and style with a view to buying less clothes, decluttering and saving money please email me at the contact details below. These sessions are offered in return for a donation to GS365NNC.
Whoop! Whoop! Our Boogie Nites Disco raised just under £2K
A huge, huge thank you to everyone who supported this. It was sooooo much fun!
Zero Waste Scotland
In early February I went to Stirling to meet with Zero Waste Scotland. They are interested in profiling GS365NNC in their publicity campaigns across Scotland. Exciting!
Three Times Olympian, Andrew Musgrave, Lends His Support to GS365NNC!
So excited that this former TGS pupil and Olympic cross-country skier sent a video message to the TGS Eco Awareness Group advising them that he has been inspired to try clothes swopping with his mates! What’s more he has donated items of his Olympic kit to us for auction! Check him out on Instagram @musgraveandrew Thank you so much Andrew!!!!
What I’m Reading!
“The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good” by Elizabeth L. Cline (ISBN 0100041042295).
Watch Now! ITV’s Report ‘Cheap Clothing: The Real Cost?’
Did you know that clothes you give to charity shops may still end up in landfill?
This 30 minute programme highlights some startling facts. Did you know that in the UK, 2 tonnes of new clothes are bought every minute, while 50 tonnes worth of used clothes ends up in landfill every day?
These statistics will really make you think…
Talk at the Deveron Arts Project, Huntly, on Friday 6 March 2020
I’m spreading the word about GS365NNC! Please come along for Friday lunch and to listen to my talk. More information can be found at the https://www.deveron-projects.com/events/friday-lunch/
Green Day @ TGS on Friday 3 April 2020
A fun day of activities for pupils at The Gordon Schools focusing on reducing waste, saving energy and looking after our planet!
13 March 2020 will be 6 months in!
To mark my half way mark and honour my love of music I am launching a magic square raffle for a set of Apple AirPods. Each square costs £1 and the draw will take place on Wednesday 13 May 2020!
Countdown to 365
I’m already starting to plan a big bash to celebrate 365 days of No New Clothes. It will be on 19th September 2020. So please SAVE THE DATE!
If you are interested in raising some money for GS365NNC by hosting a clothes swopping party at home please get in touch and I can forward you some advice on how to make it a fun, fundraising evening!
A huge thank you to everyone who has hosted or attended a clothes swopping party in the last couple of months! I have posted some amazing photos of swopping successes on the @grassetstyle Instagram! Thanks also to everyone who has booked in for early 2020!
If you would like to share ideas, ask questions, send in your photos or stories or if you would like me to come and talk to your group please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll reply to you as soon as I can!