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: How to Shop Like a Fashion Revolutionist

Alright! We've looked at many way to start a Fashion Revolution. Now, there is really no need to wait until you have a bigger following in social media or be of great influence. If one thing you do is share to just one other person about this movement, you have already brought awareness to your own corner of the world. You see? It doesn't take much right? And I'm not asking for much either. You can either read my posts & ignore them afterwards, but you'll no longer be the same. Why? Because you now have knowledge of what is really going on in the world. 

Today, lets look into how we can tweak our ways of purchasing & using clothes. Some ways of shopping ethically is to always be curious. Always wonder how your clothes are made, where they're made, & what exactly are you supporting? When you shop with awareness, you are shopping intentionally. Slowly but surely, lives will be freed when the need for more production & distribution slows down. 

Thrift/ Vintage Shopping

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Now, you might be wondering how thrift/vintage shopping could even help this revolution. First of all, most thrift shops donate either a portion, if not all, of their sales to charity. Second, I've really grown to love thrift shopping. And if you follow or subscribe to any fashion trendsetter, you know that thrift shopping is making a comeback. And most importantly, at the speed at which we consume right now, last season's collections are in the thrift shops in a matter of months. That means you can recreate you favorite looks, personalize them, and do your bit to stop perfectly good garments from going to landfill & becoming waste. Thrift & vintage pieces are ways of recycling & bringing life back into something that was never really used at all. Why waste the time & effort that another person worked so hard for? I say, if it suits your personality & its washable, you could work it into your wardrobe without adding more harm to enslaved shop workers. Look into local thrift/vintage shops make it a goal to visit one the next time you feel the urge to get a new dress for an event. It's a chic & sustainable way to buy yet it also extends the life of beautiful clothing 

Swap 'Till You Drop

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If you ever get tired of your wardrobe and are in need of a fashion fix, then you could host or arrange a clothes swapping party. Invite all your friends to bring some clothes that they've been wanting to let go of, & you might just find something new to freshen up your look without breaking the bank or becoming a victim of consumerism. You can even create a swishing party online and pick clothes virtually! It may sound cliche but there's the saying," One persons trash can very well be another person treasure."

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Mend, Make, & Customize

Now here is the most creative way yet to be sustainably chic. Have a plain t-shirt that needs a major 

uplift? Or what about the extra skirts that needs a makeover? From head to toe, you can basically find any tutorial or DIY how to on Youtube & Pinterest. Turn that t-shirt into a handbag. Or that skirt into pants! You'll be amazed at how much you can do to transform & revitalize your clothes. Change it up & turn it into something completely new! The upside is that no one will ever have the same exact pieces as you when you choose to recycle & refashion things to your personality. If you don't know how to sew, don't worry my friends. There are even tutorials on how to sew. Whats even better is that there are even tutorials out there that don't even require sewing. Now you can recycle, repurpose, or refashion & personalize your clothing. But if you're creative with a sewing machine, you could even make your very own clothes. Think of all the possibilities! 

I hope you are feeling empowered to be more creative in shopping & staying fashionable, but in a more ethical way. Have you done any of these things? If you have, thank you. You are making a difference whether you know it or not. If you haven't I encourage you to do so. Get together with some friends & start a revolution together. 

Tomorrow, I'll share some ways we can donate our clothes responsibly.  Thanks for reading!

 

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

 

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