18 weeks pregnant today…
Everlane cashmere crew (several years old)
Ace & Jig Johnny jumper (small) | some textiles on sale at Garmentory
Use my REFERRAL LINK to Garmentory and sign up for an account for a $20 credit
Golden Goose hi-star sneakers | secondhand options at The Real Real
Transience swing bag (gift for review!)
I am wearing ALL OF THE JUMPSUITS lately. And it’s going to be almost hot today so I’m going to break out my Skye onesie again, yay!! (speaking of Ace & Jig there’s a major launch today – I’m not ordering anything). I did order a pair of Mother maternity jeans from A Pea in the Pod this week because they were 25% off and I wanted to try them. I’m having a hard time wearing any of my “regular” pants lately; the elastic waists are just too constricting. We’ll see how they work and if I think I’ll wear them at all as the weather warms up. I have a feeling I’ll default mostly to dresses and light jumpsuits. Then again, it might be nice to have a pair of jeans for when I want them.
But speaking of maternity-specific clothing…
When I was heavy/bigger it took me a long time to come to terms with dressing my body AS IT WAS RIGHT THEN. I kept things in my closet I couldn’t fit into (skinny pants…) and refused to buy new things THAT FIT because I hated my body all the time. It wasn’t until I finally came to terms with my fluctuating weight and bigger body and started dressing it in clothes that fit and worked for it that I learned to love my body ALL THE TIME. That was ultimately what helped me lose weight and keep it off for the last five years: accepting the reality of my body.
Now, I’m having to accept another changing body and I intend to dress for it. I’ve looked for maternity items I like secondhand and haven’t found anything. I did receive a couple of Hatch long sleeve tops from a very generous reader recently that I’ll wear more as it warms up, but otherwise I’m not finding anything appealing.
I’m going to see how far I can wear a lot of my “normal” clothes into pregnancy, and if I feel like I need to add something that is specifically maternity, I will, and I won’t feel guilty about it. I am glad to be in the position where I CAN do that without too much hardship, and have a great resource for re-selling items I’m ready to pass on, so there’s that too, but I’m really believe we should celebrate all stages of our bodies, pregnancy included.
Is This the End of Recycling? – I’ve been trying to read/learn about this for a while since hearing a show on NPR about it a long time ago. My city takes nearly everything for recycling, including number 5 plastic containers, but I wonder truly what happens to it once it gets to their facility. China’s not taking our garbage anymore, so are cities still recycling things, or telling us they are and then sending them to the landfill anyway? I have the tab open in my browser as we speak to reach out to my city waste management about this. For me, the best solution right now is really trying to cut down a lot on buying things in plastic packaging, and I do the best I can with the resources I have at my disposal, but it is far from good enough.
The Tiny Plastics in your Clothes are Becoming a Big Problem – this is in the WSJ and behind a paywall, but one thing I found very interesting is that Patagonia found that the FIRST wash of an item releases more plastic microbeads than subsequent washes, which means that manufacturers could “capture” some of that themselves if they would pre-wash items.
Also the rep from H&M made a statement in defense of synthetic fabrics that I immediately took issue with, but only because I have experience: “you wouldn’t want to swim in a cotton swimsuit.” Well, of course not, most people would say at first, but for casual swimming and frolicking at the beach, I can say that I have been a HUGE fan of my organic cotton jersey swimsuit by Beklina. No, it’s not appropriate for swimming laps, etc., but it is wonderful for what I do in a swimsuit, which is basically lounge around LOL. Just FYI, as swimsuit season is coming up! No, it doesn’t dry out as quickly as a lycra swimsuit so if you’re going on vacation and need a swimsuit every day, take multiples.
Also this article cites a source that refutes another article I mentioned last week or so ago which stated that tires/tire debris is the major source of ocean plastic. This article references the the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, which found that synthetic textiles lead the bunch at 35% of ocean plastic. Tires come in at 28%, then city dust, road markings, marine coatings, personal care products, and plastic pellets.
Anyway, you can probably tell from all these articles I’m posting that I am fascinated by this problem and apparent lack of any “good” solution aside from drastically reducing purchasing/washing/wearing polyester or other synthetic materials. Of course, clothing manufacturers could also reduce the amount of synthetics they use in clothing, but I don’t see that happening large scale anytime soon – synthetic clothing IS useful for sport, etc., and people do still love their cheap clothes I’m afraid.
Again, I think the burden falls upon those of us who know better (When we know better, we do better, as Oprah channeling Toni Morrison, used to say) to take up the burden of washing our synthetics appropriately, not buying as many new synthetic garments, and passing on this information to others who care to hear it.
Some things I think we can do individually to help:
- Wash synthetic items less, if possible
- I read a long time ago that washing items on delicate cycle reduces the amount of microplastic shedding
- Washing synthetics in a Guppyfriend mesh bag should collect any microplastics released in the wash – I use one, and I count as a small victory that I recently got my husband to use it as well (he was hesitant for the longest time).
- Front load washers are better than top-load washers in terms of the amount of microplastics they release (and water usage, incidentally). There’s not a lot of clarity on this other than I think it has to do with the amount of agitation?
I got talked into doing a Core Intensive class tomorrow at Pure Barre because it’s sandwiched in between my regular class and the pregnancy workshop I signed up for. Oy. I’m not pushing myself so hard lately, but that’s going to be quite a challenge since I’m having a hard time even finding my abdominal muscles anymore!!
After that I’ll be exhausted so I’ll just lounge around at home the rest of the weekend. Leo’s going to make homemade pizza Saturday night and maybe we’ll find a movie to watch? Although when we try and do that we usually end up LOOKING for a movie to watch for as long as it would take to watch one!!!!
How was your week? What do you have planned this weekend??