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.
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!!!!
In the News!
Articles about GS365NNC have appeared in both the Huntly Express and Press & Journal in the last month. Following on from this publicity Zero Waste Scotland has also been in touch about profiling the project in early 2020. Watch this space!
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?’
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?
Video Friday! We have had so much fun making the videos on the @grassetstyle FB page. The widest video reach so far has been over 4,300 for Lewis’ video on climate change, co-starring the Modern Languages hamster. It was even reposted on the Extinction Rebellion Aberdeenshire FB page!
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!
Xmas Treat Boxes !
On Thursday 19th December I will be drawing 2 magic squares for these luscious treat boxes . We have raised a whopping £270! Good luck and thank you so much everyone!
Beat the January blues and strut your stuff to disco classics at the Boogie Nites Disco!
Saturday 18th January 2020, 8pm til midnight
Bennachie Leisure Centre (BLC) in Insch
Over 18’s only!
£10 per person, tickets from BLC, TGS Reception or from email@example.com
Bring your own drinks, nibbles and re-usable containers
The theme is Rewind, Rewear, Remember so start thinking about your outfit now!
Prizes for best outfit and best table! Raffle and Silent Auction!
It’s going to be such a great night! I can’t wait!
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!