the challenge of the 100 days wool dress’ brings to light the eco-waste of fashion

Heather Curlee Novak dons the blue dress she wears daily in a 100-day challenge while camping on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton with her daughters.

The mission: to wear the same dress for 100 days. Reality: Heather Curlee Novak wanted to give up after a month. But her husband pushed her to stay true to what she started.

The truth, she admitted, is that the home life of a mother of two becomes routine and “buying a thing or two can be quite fun.”

But it adds up. When she counted, she was shocked to find that her daughters – Portia, 13, and Livvy, 11 – owned 80 stuffed animals. She also recommends other families to count their belongings. She could take them on the same journey of examining the soul, clothing and what’s really important in life.

Novak, who is 50, lived her entire life in South Bend until she moved to Valparaiso 10 years ago. She and her husband of hers follow the financial principles of author / radio host Dave Ramsey and, she said, “I was running out of budget almost every month.”

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