Recycling is a big part of conservation, and for the most part that evokes images of green an blue bins full of glass and plastic bottles. But what about the material we wrap our selves in on a day to day basis?
That's right, the best way we can help conserve the earths resources, when it come to our own personal style, is by buying previously owned clothing items. Whether you go for the high end consignment action or a no-frill salvation army shopping experience, you are bound to walk away with two things- big savings in the pocket book region and good feelings from knowing that you're treading lightly on the earth...with the pair of vintage boots you just scored for half of what their worth.
Now let's say that those jeans that you bought on the same day, for only ten bucks, have served you well four a couple of years and are ready to retire and move on to their next reincarnated clothing life cycle. Before you toss them in the trash thinking they are unfit for human use, take them to your local recycling center.
Those Levi blues may not be suitable for humans to wear any longer...but life inside...now, that may be another story. Eco-conscious home builders and manufactures have developed excellent alternatives to synthetic and potentially harmful home insulations buy using recycled denim and other fabrics. Just when you thought those jeans had warmed you for the last time!
Otherwise, there may be some great uses for your old sweats and t-shirts as household cleaning rags. Or maybe that little lilac number you wore to your sisters wedding is quickly moving from your greatest hits wardrobe playlist, to just plain played-out.
Then think about hosting a clothing swap with your friends, where all of you bring the clothes that are still in good condition but are no longer satisfying their style function in your current au courant state. This way you all breathe new life into the clothes that love and the environment that you love by conserving the resources that go to make them.
Author: Amy Wermuth