Could you survive eating, drinking and wearing only items made in your home country?
It would be hard enough to do in a country the size of the US; but, blogger Yulia Savostina's yearlong quest to only buy things produced in her home country is that much tougher since her home country is Ukraine. But, curious to see exactly the state of Ukraine's industries twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Yulia pledged to live for one year using only Ukrainian goods.
She started her Urkainian-goods-only quest in February. Now, five months in, she has made some interesting discoveries about the country she calls home:
- She, unsurprisingly, had to give up a lot of favorite foods. Lemons, most fish, lettuce and basil are all only available commercially when they are imported. She's found suitable substitutions in home-grown cranberries and local spinach and parsley.
- But, local-only eating doesn't mean skipping every dining treat. Ukraine's coastal waters are a great source of shellfish like oysters, and specialty farmers raise black boars for jamon.
- Whiskey-fans take note: Yulia says that the Ukrainian-made Mykulynetske whiskey is shockingly good.
- There are a number of cosmetics and personal care items that she says are as good as any import, including local brands of nail polish, mascara and lotion.
- Lovers of fashionable Ukrainian ladies will be unsurprised to learn that there are several dependably good clothing companies in Ukraine. In an interview with the Kyiv Post, Yulia specifically praised local clothing company Dolce Donna.