Tuesday, 26 March 2013

A totally pants weekend!

I think that we can say we are frugal, right down to our underwear!

I look to the M&S sales for bargains when I need new undies. And then there are the My Little Pony Pants...


Not mine, but Daughter's. She's 12 and a half now. She goes to secondary school. The knickers are for a 5-6 year old. They have pink ponies on them. Not good. Even if you take into account that she's a skinny girl and grows upwards rather than outwards it's still not good. Apart from the frugalness and the eco-ness. Seven years of wear? Now that is good! Really good!

I'd be tempted for her to get another year's wear out of them, of  course! And if I'm honest, I probably don't want to face up to the fact that my own My Little Pony knicker wearing daughter is transforming into a young woman. But I have to accept it; My Little Pony pants have no place in our home any more. 

Daughter convinced me that H&M is the place for tween lingerie.

And after our shopping trip there this weekend I think I agree.

I liked the signs we saw about bringing your old clothes in to the store for recycling. I can think of a lot of other places I can recycle fabric before I'd hit H&M in Bath, but if the least their posters do is to jog customers' memories about textile recycling that's no bad thing.

The staff were wearing T shirts promoting the H&M conscious collection. The collection is part of H&M's work towards a more environmental and sustainable future in fashion. 

As well as promoting recycling and working with UNICEF and WWF, H&M claims to be the number one user of organic cotton world wide, and to have saved 450 million litres of water in the production of denim. (Conventional cotton production uses up precious water and can result in chemical pesticides and fertilisers getting into local water supplies.) The company is aiming for all their cotton to come from sustainable sources by 2020.

We paid £7.99 for a pack of 7 knickers. I didn't even realise they were organic cotton until we got them home - that seems a very reasonable price to me and I might even check out the middle-aged lady lingerie range when I next need some new undies.

It looks as if H&M are doing a good job, environmentally, and have clear age guidelines when it comes to the use of child labour by their suppliers, but is it just green wash? What do you think? Are you a frugal or 'green' knicker wearer/buyer?!

(After all that hard work, knicker buying, we needed refreshment, and were pleased to discover Bath's latest new veggie/vegan/gluten free cafe, The Green Rocket Cafe. Friendly staff, lovely surroundings, yummy gluten free chocolate brownies, same colour scheme as this blog's spring theme. Thoroughly recommended! With all the money we've saved on NOT buying Daughter new knickers over the last seven years we could afford to blow some on a coffee and a hot chocolate!)


We liked the Green Rocket Cafe's
flower-in-teacup table decorations...


...and the patchwork textile wall art.

17 comments:

  1. Seven years of wear for a underwear. Remarkable. She must have a lot of pairs so they didn't need to be washed very often. As far as My Little Pony, I just learned recently that there is a whole cult of older kids and adults following them. They even have conventions. So much out there in the world I don't know about. :)

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  2. She had quite a lot of pairs, all dating from when she started school in 2005. It really was time to update her wardrobe! I wondered whether blogging about underwear was straying into dangerous territory but never dreamt that it would lead to finding out about the existence of adult My Little Pony conventions...Oh my!

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  3. I just cashed in some M&S vouchers this afternoon in their sale, and got 5 prs of briefs and 2 new bras. I havent had any new underwear since 2008 - and realised this morning [when I had to get undressed in front of someone else] that my undies were looking rather 'sad' [and none of my bras were fitting as they should]
    My best ever pair of knickers cost just 1 euro in Brussels in August 2000- and I regretfully threw them away last Christmas because they had finally worn out.
    But I do struggle with spending money on undies- normally it is only myself and my man who sees them!

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    1. I'm the same...after our pants weekend I've just retired some of my vintage 2003 knickers...it's the public changing spaces at swimming pools that always catch me and my old pants out!!

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  4. I guess every young lady outgrows her My Little Pony undies at some point. For us, it was princess undies. At some point Cinderella on your undies just no longer seems age-appropriate!
    And I just heard about the My Little Pony thing with the out-of-childhood age-bracket this past Christmas, when my son was buying a gift for a friend, and I asked about her likes, and he said My Little Pony. Go figure!

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    1. I had to google the My Little Pony thing after L&L's comment, and you're right, the whole adult pony thing is quite true...male MLP fans are called 'bronies'...

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  5. I don't know whether H+M is as good as they make out, but I do try to steer my daughter there over shops like New Look because I figure they are at least making an effort.
    She's 14 and whatever I say she's going to be attracted to fast fashion and use high street shops, so we manage our usual compromise :-)

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    1. Clearly H&M aren't as good as they make out, as per Emma's comment below. You're right it's a compromise...my daughter loves fashion too; she likes a good look round the charity shops as well as the high street, but she wouldn't be keen on charity shop knickers...;-)

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  6. Not to put a downer on your lovely as ever post but I came across this yesterday.... http://www.cleanclothes.org/media-inquiries/press-releases/conscious-collection-hm-leaves-seamstresses-unconscious I think there are issues across all high street brands though so supporting them when they do the right thing (e.g. organic cotton) is good. I was just noticing the other day that my H&M socks have gone on and on versus some Debenhams pants that literally fell apart after about 3 washes - shocking!

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    1. Thanks for the link Emma...I had a feeling it might not all be as rosy as it seemed. I'm a diehard charity shopper for my own stuff, but for teenage knickers it's hard to avoid the high street.

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  7. Wow, well impressed at that price. I tend to buy mine in the after Xmas sale @ Matalan (between £2.50 and £4 for a pack of 5). I usually buy two packs and they last me till the next year. I do the same with socks.

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    1. It was a good price but when clothes are cheap I reckon that somebody somewhere is losing out...if you follow the Emma's link, above, it looks as though in H&M's case it may be the Cambodian textile workers. :-(

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  8. Wow, seven years of wear is great for kids undies :) And you got a great deal on the new ones :) I also buy mine in the Boxing Day sales, but have more than enough pairs at the moment, so am trying to see how long I can go without buying any.

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  9. I had a 'no clothes buying year' when I was saving to buy a house and I happened to live at my parents. It was my dad who called to task my sad undies! I resolutely told thrifty Dad that I'd get some in the new year! Now days I buy my style/color whenever I see them in Target as I couldn't get them the first few months out of my challenge. Amazing life out of your daughter's knickers though!

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    1. Good to hear you didn't let sad undies stand in the way of your no clothes buying year. The My Little Pony Pony knickers were still quite happy in their own way...

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