A More Sustainable Closet
Back in college I found myself taking up a full closet with shirts, dresses, jackets- you name it, I had it. After I left college I had an internship where I was working in New York City and I roomed with about four other women. I had one clothing rack, which I made into like two racks with an extra hardware pice. The bottom half hung my pants and the top half hung dresses and shirts. I had a conversation with one of the women that I live with and she made a comment that I had the most clothes. I took a step back and really examined what she had said and when I went back down to my room I couldn’t help but admit that she was correct I had so much so much clothing. It was then that I decided I needed to make a change, I needed to sell or donate or repurpose 3/4 of my closet. Within about a two week. I had done that and while still working in New York there was a coworker who’s style I admired so much. She always seem to be dressed in neutrals and just seemed to be very clean-cut and professional, but also fun. I told myself that this is how I want to dress, their style was something I had never seen before. I could never describe how I wanted to dress because I have never seen it until that moment.
That summer I had also visited a good friend and went shopping with her, we stopped at a few stores that were not normally in my price range. Although I had studied fashion and learned about fast fashion in school it was an about it wasn’t until then that it really registered what I had been supporting all throughout my college career. I start to notice how much more clothing cost when it was made ethically.
For about two years now I’ve been working towards a more sustainable closet so now I’m sharing some of my tips with you!
Steps I took to acheive a more sustainable closet
STOP supporting fast-fashion brands! Places like Forever21 and H&M are not only killing our environment, think about the people that get paid to make that shirt you only paid $5 for.
SHOP local! I’ve found a few boutiques across my home state of PA that are dedicated to upcycling and supporting smaller brands. Not only are you supporting your local economy, you’re helping a small business owner & making a smarter choice overall.
SHOP second-hand! This is one of my favorite things to do! I love thrifting or shopping on Ebay or Etsy for older items. Shopping second-hand is a great way to save money & the Earth. Think about how much water, energy, and labor goes into making new clothes. Shopping second-hand helps reduce waste and you’ll probably find one-of-a-kind pieces while you’re at it.
RENT! I’ve started using Rent the Runway for more events and I can’t believe slept on this so long. RTR has an unbelievable amount of options for any occasion and you don’t have to make room in your closet for a dress you’ll never wear again. The company talks about how they’re a more sustainable option in terms of energy, water, and waste.
GIVE BACK! Donate or sell your clothes you don’t seem to be wearing to make room in your closet. Companies like Madewell will give you $$ for your old jeans (any brand) and you’re providing insulation for future homes.
UPCYCLE! Mix, match, and patch old clothes or second-hand items into your own creation!
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