Tuesday, January 19, 2016

30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 19: Opt for Secondhand)


Clothing production is a very wasteful industry. We are a world of consumers. We spend billions of dollars on the latest fashion trends to just discard them the year after. Fast fashion - you've probably heard of the term. Fast fashion clothing is designed to fall apart and lose it's appeal very quickly.

Most of us probably have closets that are so full that we usually run out of hangers during laundry day. Despite that full closet, we just mindlessly stand and stare at our clothes every day with the thought, "I have nothing to wear." It's gotten out of control. We are slaves to fast fashion.  Usually when you think about garbage or waste, clothing rarely comes to mind. We buy the clothing with the intent to re-wear it over and over, so it's not disposable, right? Sadly, Americans, alone, still throw away 70 lbs. of clothing a year. 5% of our landfills consist of the stuff.

We have to apply the zero waste mentality to clothing just like we do the other parts of our lives. First, it's important to try and buy pieces that are timeless, like a white button-down shirt. That shirt will not go out of style within a few months. This will save you from constantly needing to purchase items that are on trend at the current moment. Cha-ching in your pocket!

 Also, try purchasing your clothing from secondhand sources. Buying secondhand not only takes new clothing out of the waste cycle, it saves you hundreds, if not, thousands of dollars! You will find very quickly that you don't have to spend a fortune on name brand items when you can get them way more than half off at a thrift or secondhand store.

Don't let it stop at just clothes! You can get everything you could possible need secondhand. And to make it even better, second hand usually means package-free.

Day 20: Gifts

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1 comment:

  1. When my daughter was very young, I'd buy second hand items and remake them into clothes for her. I've also purchased sweaters and ripped them out for the yarn, then used it to make hats or scarves. 100% wool sweaters can be felted down and cut to make mittens and slippers.

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