Fashion Rev: How to Dispose Your Clothes Responsibly

Good Morning! This week we got curious & found out that there was a bigger story behind how our clothes are made. I shared tips on how to create awareness & also how to shop intentionally. Today, I'm going to share some ideas on how you can dispose of your clothes responsibly.

Sell

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If your clothes are stylish and still in good condition, sell them at your neighborhood vintage shop or Buffalo Exchange

. You can also resell on ebay

. Or you can even download shop apps on your phone & it'll let you create your very own online shop. It'll show you step-by-step how to get your images up & figure out prices for each item. Some examples are: PoshmarkTwice, ThredUp, & Tradesy. They're all legitimate & you can even read reviews on sellers just to make sure! See? You can even earn a couple bucks by thoughtfully disposing your clothes through selling decent pieces. 

Hand-down

I'm sure we've all received a "hand-me-down" at some point in our lives. Before we all had our own jobs & were able to buy ourselves anything or even before fashion was such a priority in our lives. Personally, hand-downs were the best clothes that I had ever received from anyone. Now, some people may not be so willing to accept, but maybe you can find out if a family is in need of some lightly used clothes that still has some years left & could be worn. You could gently offer your clothes to them, or you could even ask if your community is interested or in need of some gently used clothing. Not everyone has the money or the means to always be on top of the latest trends. Nor do they have the ability to shop all the time. Hand-downs are a great way to share your clothes with those who are actually in need of clothing & may put better use out of them, than you ever could. I know I never took the clothes I received for granted. I loved restyling them & was always appreciative of older girls handing down their clothes because even though they were used, they were stylish, & with having 4 sisters, my parent's weren't really able to provide us fashionable wardrobes all the time.  

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Donate

You probably donate your clothes to Goodwill or the Salvation Army when your clothes are of no more use to you or are no longer in style right? This is a good start. This is what I do too. But I recently found out that a lot of our unwanted second hand clothing is becoming a problem in third world countries. More than 70% of the clothes donated globally end up in Africa, which has destroyed their economy as well. Not that you shouldn't give your clothes to local charity shops, you should! But do your research. Consider very carefully where you choose to donate. For example, you might donate your clothes to help people get back to work with organizations like Dress for Success or Career Wardrobe . Or you might look out for clothing drives to help the homeless, refugees, or people in crisis. 

Now you may think that it takes more work to responsibly dispose of your clothes than shopping for them. But let me tell you this, as American's, on average, we throw away an average of 68 lbs. worth of clothes, per person annually. This causes us to waste energy, water, & landfill space. Whatever you do, make sure you are intentional. It may take longer when you choose to dispose responsibly, but its better for you, me, and the hard working people behind the scenes. 

Instant fashion leads to obese wardrobes. Instant disposal leads to landfills. We've become people who want things instantly, but others are paying the price. I'd like to know how you responsibly dispose of your clothes. Please share below if you have any other ideas that can be added to this list. 

"Instant fashion leads to obese wardrobes. Instant disposal leads to landfills. We've become people who want things instantly, but others are paying the price."

My hope & prayer is that we continue on living intentionally & with awareness of what is going on. I thank those of you who have taken your time to read through this weeks series: How to Start a Fashion Revolution. 

"For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery."- Galatians 5:1

Jesus came to set us free once & for all. This means that all people have been given freedom. But because of the obsessed infatuation to wanting more & more, we've created opportunities that have sucked mankind back into slavery again. Be the change. Be a difference maker. Be the voice for those who need you most.  Souls are more important than new clothes. Don't ever forget that. 

Resources from

www.fashionrevolution.org

 

Fashion Rev: What Can I Do?

If you've been following the last few posts that I've published, you will know that I am going through a series of posts that hopefully walks you step-by-step through what you can do to become a Fashion Revolutionist. It can be as simple as tweaking the way you shop, use, and dispose of your clothing. Today, we're going to find out how we can change some of the ways we consume clothes in a more ethical & Eco-friendly way.

Buy Less

Ask yourself what is it that you really need. Is it really necessary to hoard the most current trends while your walk-in closets overflow? Believe me, I was completely guilty of doing this. I was a bargain shopper. It was all about quantity over quality. I'd shop clearance racks & walk out of stores with a few items for the price of one! Although it seemed as if I was walking away with a deal, I was just collecting & consuming more than I needed. After years of excessive bargain shopping, I could no longer find anything to wear (shocking right?) nor was I able to step in my "walk-in" closet. It became embarrassingly unmanageable. After some time & research I learned about creating a "capsule wardrobe" (coming up in another post), I realized that "

Less is truly more."

Buy Better

"Buy one good one instead of three cheap ones."- Joan Crawford

In this case, I've learned that quality is a better option to go with, rather than quantity. It's all about shopping with care & loving it for a longer amount of time. No more mounting to fads & trends. But discover your own personal style. Incorporate invested pieces that will 1) last longer 2)have better use for you and 3)isn't produced in the making of slaves. Now I know it can get difficult shopping ethically. I'd say its natural to cringe a bit when you take a look at handmade products. You may even be tempted to rationalize and go for the "cheaper stuff." But remember this, look at the bigger picture. From start to end. Would you rather pay a company to continue abusing & discriminating humans for cheaper products? Or would you rather invest in ethically made products that provide jobs for artisans & parents all over the world. Giving not only them, but their family as well, a better future.

Buy Intentionally

Now, I hope that this topic is raising up awareness within you. I'm not where I need to be yet due to a great amount of overhaul from all the years of hoarding. But one thing I can attest to, is the fact that I'm learning to let go of the things I do NOT need.

 And only keeping or buying the things I honestly do need. From groceries, toiletries, to office supplies and etc. Not just that, but even when I do come into a moment of wandering through the mall or a cute boutique shop, a few questions that I automatically ask myself are:

1.) Do you need it?

2.) Do you already have something like it?

3.) Where & how was it made? Do you know?

4.) By purchasing this, will I be supporting modern-day slavery or will I be a world changer?

It's not always, that I can ask myself these questions AND answer them honestly to myself. But the more I do stay true to myself, the stronger I become in self discipline. When you know exactly who made your clothes and the items you have in your house & where it comes from. You'll be able to live a beautiful life that is filled with contentment & joy. Why? Because you know that you're supporting a beautiful cause. You're living with a clear conscience & you know for a fact that your lifestyle is not created at the expense of others but by empowering them instead.

I pray that as the new year continues to unravel, you may shop with purpose, on purpose. Be wise in your decision of obtaining the latest trends. It's easy to be consumed by fads & trends that are constantly taking over many people. I pray that as we learn & realize these true facts of Modern Day Slavery, that we'd be compelled to do something about it. I pray that today you will decide to be a voice for someone. That you will no longer let this issue slide into the darkness,but shed light on the very lives that even God Himself created beautifully in His image, just as He did with you & I.

What are some changes you plan to make? What are you doing to walk in line with this Fashion Revolution?

Tomorrow, I'll share creative ways we can handle our clothes. Whether it be to revamp or recycle them.

Resources from

www.fashionrevolution.org

 

Fashion Rev: Take a Step Further

Since we've decided not to just sit around, lets start doing something. Anything. You will be amazed when you find out that it doesn't take much to make a difference. Lets start by taking a step further. Lets get to know our clothes even better! Pull out an article of clothing that you love to wear. Preferably from your favorite shopping store/boutique. See the wavy seam & the loose ends of threads that have been cut off? These are traces of the work done by people who made your clothes. 

Take a look at the label. On the label, you will find out what materials have been used to create your clothes. Whether it be cotton or polyester. Your label will also be able to tell you exactly where that piece was made from. So if its not obvious enough already, your clothing may have been cut & stitched together in Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Romania, or any country for that matter. What your label wont tell you is where in the world the cotton farm is located, or where the fibers was spun into a yarn, or where the yarn was woven to fabric, or even where it was dyed & printed. It will not tell you where the thread, dyes, zippers, buttons, beading or any other features really come from.

So......

Where did all the materials come from? Where were they made from? What would it be like to work there? What kind of people do you think are involved? What are their lives like? We need to be more interested in finding out the answers to these kinds of questions. 

When we start asking these questions, we'll be able to really take a step forward towards changing the lives & stories for those who make our entire wardrobe. Enough with the petty questions like, " Does this look great on me?" or "how does this dress make me look?" We need to ask, "

Who Made My Clothes?"

Since your clothes is inside out already, then pull it on. Take a selfie with your clothing item, showing the label. Post it on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) and tag your clothing brand & in your caption ask "Who made my clothes?" Now invite your fashionable friends & family to join the revolution. Wait patiently & see if your favorite clothing brand can answer this question. You'll be surprised that a lot of big name brands, aren't even too sure exactly where their clothing are coming from.

You see? This is not something that we can ignore any more. We have to get involved & create awareness. Come back tomorrow to find out how we can get more involved! 

Lets be Fashion Revolutionaries!

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Instead of clothing yourself with clothes that cause people to be afflicted, abused, and bounded in slavery. Let us put on these holy garments. From all these, flows love. May you know how loved you are by God. And may you also know that He loves those who are enchained. Have compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, & patience. Lets be the hands and feet of Jesus. Lets reach out to those in need of freedom, restoration, and healing. Awareness, is the first step to a revolution. 

Have you taken your selfie yet? Find out who made your clothes. And when you do, please share below.

All resources from 

www.fashionrevolution.org

How to Start a Fashion Revolution

I think I speak on behalf of most women, when I say that I love fashion! From head to toe. I love being able to express myself in the clothing that I creatively pick out for each day (unless I choose to stay in with leggings & a sweater). Not only that, I also love a good bargain. I love dressing chic on a small budget. This leads me to where I am now. I grew up watching my mom sew some of her own clothes & even design cultural clothing for us as well. I always admired her creativity. In my eyes, she invented the re-cycle & re-vamp clothing idea. I remember days where she would walk into her sewing room with a not-so-pleasantly looking item, & return later with a new and stylish piece! Even though it didn't fit me, I'd wishfully hope that someday I would be able to wear it.

Through the years,as I grew older, I've seen fashion move in such a speed that seems inhumane. Not only have we gone through different style phases & unending trend setters, but nothing really ever seems to last anymore. We're living in a world that is constantly moving in what seems like the speed of light. One day a style may be highlighted, and the next its old news. What have we come to?

Not only are styles constantly changing superficially fast, but even the distribution timing of our clothes has sped up extremely fast. What does this mean to us as consumers? This means that because we have become such needy & quick buyers in consumerism, constantly trying to obtain the trendiest styles of clothing. Someone, some where is paying the price. Despite there being international standards and national laws that should protect people, human rights abuses are prevalent throughout the fashion industry. In other words: Modern Day Global Slavery.

I mean, I get it, I'm guilty as well. I'm not sure how I never really opened my eyes in the past to know that forced labor, child labor, sexual harassment, discrimination, & people working in dangerous conditions had to happen in order for me to walk around with a fashion statement. But, now I know. In the words of a well know leader;

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

I can no longer sit around in silence knowing these things. How did the fashion industry deem that slavery was okay? It should NEVER be acceptable to know that slavery is happening under our watch. 

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

So how do we start a 

Fashion Revolution?

We get curious. Get involved. & Create awareness.

I encourage you to look into it. You will soon realize that there's been much that has been concealed. But more & more, activists & organizations are working hard to inform, educate, & make a difference. We can make a difference TOGETHER.

Jane Goodall says,

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."

First step to starting a Fashion Revolution: 

Check back this week for more tips on how to make a difference as a Fashion Revolutionist!

For more info please visit

www.fashionrevolution.org