Inspiration- Earth Day!
Earth Day was a couple of days ago, but it inspired me to think about what types of things people should or could do to help Mother Earth within the fashion world. Coincidentally there has been a lot of talk about sustainable fashion, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) has even created a sustainable committee. Retailers like Levi's, H&M and Zara have all committed to going toxic free and have created designs that pride themselves on being "green". All of this is great but it really comes down to the individual. Consumption is a common component of our society, therefore it's important to remember that we all live on this planet called Earth and that each one of our actions can help it or help to destroy it.
Here are some ideas on how to help the Earth, save some money and possibly even have fun with fashion:
1. Thrift Shopping- Depending on where you live, you can score some awesome clothes for really cheap. For example at a Goodwill in LA I once scored a JCrew dress, brand new Alternative T-shirt and a pair of 7 for all mankind jeans within the same shopping trip, all for around $35. Plus it can be fun to rummage through the racks and find treasures.
2. Trading- When I first moved to LA, my budget allowed for little to no shopping, but I couldn't really control myself, especially since I was going to fashion school and surrounded by everything that shopping represents so I did the next best thing and rummaged through my closet to find things I could trade. In LA there is a chain of stores called Crossroads that buys clothes and then re-sells it. If they decide to buy something from you they offer you store credit (trade) or give you cash. I found some pretty awesome stuff at Crossroads, for example a Tory Burch dress (that I wear often and love) in return for stuff that I was not wearing and totally over! Even if you don't have a local store like this in your area there are a ton of sites online that now allow you to trade or re-sell your clothes.
3. Clothing Swap Party- Tell your friends to clean out their closets and get together to swap gossip and clothes! Of course, providing beverages and snacks will help make it more fun but it's a great way to get a bunch of awesome girls together and score some new clothes. I did it a few months ago and it was way more fun than I expected. I will post all about it soon!
4. Donating- I read recently that people actually throw their old clothes away ...throw away? I have never thrown away any clothes unless they were soiled or torn up beyond repair, maybe this is just the way I grew up but I couldn't imagine throwing away clothes. Old clothes can always be donated or given away with little effort on your part. Someone else would love to own the things that no longer fit or that you no longer want. Shelters that help the less fortunate are always in need of clothing and even offer tax breaks. All you have to do is drop it off so why wouldn't you?
If you are already doing one of more of the things I mention above, then props to you! If you aren't, hopefully this can inspire you to start!