I know some of you are really wanting to be more eco-friendly but you don’t know where to start. This shopping list should set you on the right track - with products ranging from reusable straws, to food storage, to hair care.
You don’t need to buy all of these things. In fact, I’d recommend even just purchasing one or two, and putting forth a lot of effort to make sure those things become a part of your normal routine. Again, I’ll say, discipline in so important. So stop talking and start doing.
Don’t forget! If you are ordering from Amazon, you can request from them to not pack or wrap your product in plastic. I know that Amazon, isn't technically the best and most sustainable option, but if it's convenience that convinces you to take the first step, I'm all about it.
LET'S DO THIS.
1. Glass straws - I like to use these at home and when I have guests.
2. Steel straws - I use this for day-to-day travel. Get one with a travel pouch and straw cleaner and always keep one on you!
4. Reusable water bottle - I am obsessed with my HydroFlask, and it keeps my water cold all day!
6. Shampoo Bars - You really don't need to wash your hair every day unless you are working out/getting sweaty/super dirty every day.
7. Conditioner Bars - I don't use conditioner in my hair, but these are a great zero-waste option.
9. Mesh Produce Bag - These are incredibly handy, and come in different sizes. Remember that if your produce is sold by the bundle, rather than by the pound, you can stuff them in the same bag.
If you haven’t been following along, for the past month, I’ve been wearing these overalls to show people how diverse one piece of clothing really can be. Today is the final day of my #onedresstoimpress challenge, and I’ve learned a lot about my fashion choices.
One thing I’ve always known about myself and my relationship with clothing is that the way I dress really impacts the way that I feel. Over the past month, I’ve come to hate this idea - why should a t-shirt, or a pair of jeans, or a dress have ownership over me? …Obviously, it shouldn’t.
I can’t say that I’m totally free from caring about the way I look. It’s something that has been ingrained in me and in all of us since a young age. But I’m reassured that with discipline, we can become better about where we seek approval and what we find fulfillment in.
You won’t see me sporting overalls every day for the rest of my life, but you can always find me working hard to reshape the boundaries of what is fashionable. ✨
Day 31 x
"Because plastic wasn’t invented until the late 19th century, and production really only took off around 1950, we have a mere 9.2 billion tons of the stuff to deal with. Of that, more than 6.9 billion tons have become waste. And of that waste, a staggering 6.3 billion tons never made it to a recycling bin."
In 2015, researchers estimated that about 5.3 million and 14 million tons of plastic each year came just from coastal regions. It’s actually even more common that this plastic waste is littered on land and then washed away into the water. Even today, it isn’t very clear how long it takes for plastic to fully biodegrade. For some plastic, it can take up to 450 years. @natgeo .
Consider investing in a good reusable water bottle, buying a recycling bin for your home, or even picking up a plastic straw, cup or lid you might see on the beach. Trust me when I say that it makes a difference. ♻️
If you’re contemplating participating in #plasticfreejuly, stop thinking and just do it! You can choose to focus on getting rid of plastic in one specific way, or you can try it in every way! I am specifically focusing on 2 things:
☝🏾 Bringing my own glass cup and straw.
✌🏾Bringing my own reusable grocery bags, including produce bags. (More excuses to for more totes 😉)
Despite the fact that plastic can be recycled, so much plastic still ends up in our outdoor environment. Some plastics can take longer than 450 years to fully disintegrate, and some may never fully decompose. This problem with plastic has elevated to the point where even remote and uninhabited places like Henderson Island in the South Pacific are completely covered with plastic pollution. Researchers collected plastic trash from a sample area of the island and only catalogued 53,000 pieces. 😓
We can all do our part in preventing this from happening elsewhere.
Every year in North America, we send more than 10.5 MILLION TONS of clothing to landfills every year. That doesn’t even include other textiles like bed sheets, towels, upholstery fabrics, and more.
To bring a little perspective here, that’s about 30 times heavier than the Empire State Building. (stats via Fashion Revolution)
The truth is that most of the clothes you buy and donate after a single wear, end up in landfills or in third world countries. Mass amounts of clothing get packaged in big bales like the ones you see above and shipped overseas and out of our minds. A great deal of America’s leftovers are shipped to Haiti, and sold for very cheap. This has been destructive to the community, especially dressmakers and tailors, who don’t have customers anymore because people would rather get “more” for their money. So not only are we hurting their economy, but we’re also robbing them of their creative outlets.
Buy less. Take care of your clothes. Repair them. Share them. Swap them. Keep them. Love them.
In doing so, you’re showing that you love this planet and it’s people.
A big concern of mine lately has been plastic waste. You never really know how much plastic you are using until you try to reduce that amount or completely cut it out.
I recently read in National Geographic that the average “working life” of a plastic bag is 15 minutes, and more than 40% of plastic is only used one time. Because we’ve designed these plastics to be single-use, over 9 MILLION TONS of plastic ends up in the ocean every year.
So for the upcoming month of July, I want to challenge you all to join me in trying to reduce your use and live a #lifewithoutplastic . I’ll be sharing highs and lows of the journey, and hopefully some tips that will help along the way.
If you read this and thought “that sounds cool, but it’s not for me” or “that sounds like a huge inconvenience” - You are right. It is an inconvenience. But just think... if we would have cared sooner, maybe the Great Barrier Reef wouldn’t be dead, or maybe we wouldn’t be finding plastic in the stomachs of our marine life.
I’ll say it again and again - Your individual choices make a difference on a collective scale.
It’s not unheard of for Goodwill employees to get dirty socks, undies or stained clothes. Often times the things we donate don’t even make it onto the floor because there is simply too much of it. Only 10% of what is donated ends up back on the rack, and the rest gets dumped or shipped to a third world country.
While I am an advocate for donating your clothes, the real truth is that donating your clothes is a short-term solution to a long-term problem. In California, Goodwill spends up to $7 MILLION every year on dumping costs—getting rid of ripped, heavily worn or out-of-style items that won’t sell in their stores. (stats via Fashion Revolution)
I’m not telling you not to donate your clothes, but I am asking you to reconsider if you actually need a new outfit for your next event, when chances are most people won’t even notice. Let’s take the pressure off of ourselves and stop worrying about looking cool, especially at an expense that is greater than we know or see in our everyday lives. It’s important to look at the big picture of sustainability, and understand that your individual choices make a difference on a collective scale.
There are so many things in our lives that are designed to die - our clothing is one of them.
Over the weekend, I read from Fashion Revolution that we make an estimated 400 BILLION square meters of textiles per year, but 60 BILLION square meters of that (15%) is pre-calculated wastage. How is it that from the jump, it is accepted that so much is just going to waste?
Surprisingly, less than 1% of collected clothing is truly recycled back into new textiles because there are so many factors that have to align in order for it to happen. Clothing has to be collected and sorted, separated from all metal or plastic pieces, and the contents have to be 100% pure. Currently, there isn’t a convenient way to separate a poly/cotton blend so that it can be just cotton and just poly again. Even with items that are 100% pure, we still run into the problem of all the chemicals used in the dye process which often weaken the fiber.
In the end, I just want to encourage you to keep your clothes for longer. And to understand that it truly does matter. Wear them 30 times, then 100 times, then a lifetime. ♻️
Did you know that waste is calculated into the design and manufacturing process? It is estimated that about 15% of fabric is thrown away during manufacturing. In most cases of Big Fashion, brands can keep damaged fabric and try to reuse for sampling or sell as deadstock yardage. The amount of waste has become so large that companies like Reformation have built their business on it.
However, there are many brands that want to leave no trace of error. So rather than selling something discounted, companies burn it. YEP. That’s right. Brands would rather incinerate their “mistakes” than give an ordinary person like you or me the chance to buy a discounted, slightly flawed designer piece because they need to protect their reputation.
It is also common for companies to damage their overstock and throw it away—cutting holes in t-shirts, slashing jackets, ripping out soles of shoes—so that anyone who might stumble on this “trash” (like a homeless person) can’t use it.
When I was an intern in college, I was given the lengthy task of sorting through the archive closets and being the person who damaged these items so that they couldn’t be used for a their intended purpose. I was instructed to cut the sleeves off jackets and make sure that all branding was removed from the garments. 😢 But you know me… I took a bunch of jackets, removed the branding and donated them to Goodwill 😏
“This isn’t just an environmental issue,” says Schiros. “It’s a social-justice issue. Gisele is a force in the fight to preserve fresh water supplies, and in her work in the rain forests she is protecting both the visible and the invisible, including plants and animals we have yet to discover that have the potential to heal people and ecosystems." Read more...
What's the difference between haute couture and big fashion?
In both situations, there are many men and women cutting and sewing these garments, embellishing them by hand, working long hours up until they reach the finish line. Is the difference strictly in how we see and value them?
This next excerpt is taken from Lucy's Siegle's book To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?:
"'It took ten embroiderers two weeks to attach the 26,000 pieces of plexiglass to Stephane Rolland's bridal gown, the final model in his collection,' noted fashion writer Lesley Scott. 'Trained for years and often intensely loyal to one fashion house, these women can be spotted backstage putting last touches on a dress with needle and thread, or watching the throng of models and dressers with quiet pride.' Compare and contrast this with the way Big Fashion seems so anxious to skirt over the fact that it also uses women to hand stitch and embellish its clothes. In luxury the hand worker is celebrated; in Big Fashion, she is an inconvenient truth."
Let's not perpetuate the cycle. Shop small, conscious, second-hand, vintage, fair trade, sustainable. Let's do what we can to shift the market.
I wanted to share a little about our summer drop and what my thoughts were behind collaborating with other artists.
I was 12 when I had decided that I wanted to be a fashion designer. Even at that age, I understood that fashion shaped the culture we lived in. Recently, I’ve been thinking, not only about how, we, as individuals, can use our voice, but also how can we give other people a voice. How can Multitudes be a resource and an ally to our friends and family that are not always heard? How can we be an advocate for the people?
I know I’ve got a lot of feelings and opinions wrapped up in racism, sexism and environmentalism, and I’m sure you do too. But there are a lot of things I’ll never truly understand and feelings that I’ll never have to feel. I CAN’T tell you from my perspective what it’s like to be a black man in America, because I’m NOT a black man in America, and I never will be. But I know men who can speak to this - boldly and more beautifully than I ever could.
P.BLACKK is a great friend, my former roommate, an incredible musician, and a human that I just really admire. We lived together during the time that Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were killed. I’ll never forget listening to Pedro talk about how that made him feel, and I realized in that moment that I’d never grasp how scary it is or how painful it is to see people of your skin color being killed for no logical reason. I also realized that maybe we just need to listen to one another a little bit more, and even ask more questions. In a few weeks I’ll be sharing a crossover interview that I did with Pedro about his music, writing and just life.
We should be thankful to have a wealth of different people around us who live completely different experiences than we do. We can learn so much from everyone around us, and I’ve learned so much from Pedro and his brother Darius . I thank you guys. 🙏🏾
Open your ears, y’all. For P.BLACKK’s music, click the link in my bio. ☝🏾
I was born of incredibly hard-working immigrant parents, and they instilled that work ethic in me. My entire life I’ve worked my tail off, and everything I’ve wanted, I had to earn.
One thing that my dad has always taught me is that I never accomplish anything by myself. I believe that. While there is strength in self-awareness, there’s more power in community.
When I started Multitudes, I knew it wouldn’t just be a brand used to express my own creativity, but an outlet for others to express their talents through fashion as well.
This is just a little taste of the collab I am working on with @gerameee - one of my best friends, my cousin, and an amazing writer.
Stay tuned x
This is Laboni. One of the victims of the Rana Plaza collapse. She had come to the city to find work. Beyond the statistics were lives full of hope and families full of love. We have shared a beautiful photo essay ‘Her name was Laboni’ by @the_mexican_chavalito on our blog (www.fashionrevolution.org/blog). Please continue to read these stories. It's so important that we never forget how this event occurred and continue to show the garment workers in Bangladesh and beyond how precious we know their lives to be.
Thank you Claudio for sharing her story. 🙏🏽
And thank you to everyone today, on this fifth anniversary of the collapse, for the incredible volume of posts and comments supporting our message. We are overwhelmed. By grief of retelling these very hard and painful stories and by gratitude for the momentum we are building together. Thank you ✖️ #Repost @fash_rev_ausnz
This post really struck me because we hardly ever get a glimpse into the lives of the people that died in the Rana Plaza tragedy. These people were daughters, sons, mothers and fathers. Most faces we’ve seen were buried in the wreckage, but this is so real.
I love this image because it really helps you put a friendly and familiar smiling face on someone who typically goes unnoticed. ♥️ RIP
How many of you make it a priority to buy organic cotton? Would you make it a priority if I told you that every 30 MINUTES an Indian farmer commits suicide? Because according to the National Crime Records Bureau of India, there were 200,000 suicides on Indian farms from 1997-2008. It can’t be said for sure that these are all cotton related, but 70% of them happened in India’s Cotton Bowl region.
With the rise of fast fashion, cotton was in high demand. Cotton farmers had so much pressure to grow more and more cotton, but sell for a smaller price each time. Larger corporations saw an opportunity here to make big bucks and start a monopoly around seeds. So they developed BT COTTON which is genetically modified to have a toxin that repels pests. However, these cotton seeds were very expensive, yet farmers still believed they had to buy these to keep up with the demand.
What these farmers didn’t know is that the seeds didn’t actually control pests like they were supposed to. Farmers still ended up having to spend more money on pesticides and fertilizers and plunged further into debt. In using those pesticides, their soil started to become contaminated.
Now… if a farmer couldn’t grow enough cotton because his soil became contaminated that means that farmer also couldn’t afford to pay back his debts. When this happened, larger companies would step in and take the farmer’s land and their livelihood as payment. It’s said to be common for a farmer to die by drinking the pesticides that contaminated his own soil.
So… if you needed a better reason to buy organic other than the eco-friendly aspect… I just gave you 200,000.
Ok, ladies. Ready for some REAL TALK?
Did you know that there are over 40 million garment workers all over the world? And I’m sure you could guess that a majority of those workers are women. While they may be selected for their small and skillful hands, it is more common that they are hired because it is said that they are “more easily pacified”.
THIS GAL is fired up, and I’m not sorry about it.
I know all you women out there are strong and fierce, because I’ve seen it first hand. But how many of us are fighting for equality in our everyday lives? And for ALL women all over the world? It’s easy to fight for women we know, love and admire - the ones we find beautiful, but what about the others? In Europe, there are many workers who don’t have to be subjected to sweatshops - in fact their set up is pretty sweet. Working for big names like Valentino and Balenciaga, getting to work on a garment from beginning to end, building their skills, sewing in an air-conditioned studio with plenty of space. On the other side of the world, if you work for big names like H&M or Gap or Zara, you get to sew a single seam for your entire career, in a hot, dark and cramped factory, where your supervisors don’t expect you to make a peep. To me this looks like, if you’re white, you live great and if you’re non-white, you don’t. Am I getting that right? 🤔 As a brown girl, that makes me mad. It should make a lot of us mad.
Let us not be EASILY PACIFIED and stand up for our fellow woman through our daily fashion choices. I’m not asking you to trash your whole wardrobe, I’m asking you to come along on the slow journey of slow fashion.
Who’s in formation now? 👯♀️👯♀️👯♀️
Through making clothes for Multitudes I have learned so much about what it takes to make an ordinary garment. Most of my pieces take days! Garment workers only get a fraction of that to make very complicated pieces. For a 5-pocket pair of jeans (think classic Levi’s 501), a production line is given 15 minutes to sew each pair together if their supervisor is generous.
To give you some real perspective on how UNFAIR the expectations are, I’m sharing this short story from To Die For by Lucy Siegle:
“It is hard to overstate how brutal the assembly line is for the average garment worker. Sixty first-year students at Northumbria University decided to have a go, spending a day in their own sewing room, set up as a simulated version of a typical production line producing t-shirts. From the outset, it was deemed impossible for them to achieve the timings expected from garment workers, so our students were allowed 1 minute 55 seconds to sew each side seam: in a standard factory for export they would be allowed just 48.5 seconds. The film of their efforts […] shows them working hard. Every slight slip - a dropped pair of scissors, a pause to realign the seams - costs them dear. The team of students managed to produce 95 t-shirts in 7.5 hours. The daily target in an export factory such as in Bangladesh with the same ‘line load’ (same number of machines and the same type of manufacturing conditions) would be 900.”
So if you haven’t made the connection yet, the reason why I do Teach Me Tuesday is not only to educate you about these industry secrets, but also to help you see the person behind the sewing machine that made your clothes. The sooner you can put a face on it, the faster you will see the reality of it. There is so much ugliness that gets overlooked for pretty nothings.
So just know that when you buy something from Multitudes, I MADE IT.
Remember my face. 👧🏾 My mind. 🧠 My hands. 👋🏾
This year marks the 5th year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse. In honor of that, I’m going to spend this month telling you about the injustices that sweatshop workers face.
Because we have to get real. Because it has to stop. ✋🏾
Most third world garment workers don’t earn a living wage and are forced to work overtime to meet unrealistic deadlines placed on them by big and small brands. Brands like H&M, Zara, Gap, Victoria's Secret, & Uniqlo and the list goes on. Many of these workers are used and abused verbally and sometimes physically.
There have been multiple reports on Victoria’s Secret, stating that the workers only get 3 minutes to sew a bathing suit. 😱😓
If you’re not paying the price for your clothes, someone else sure is. Be conscious of yourself and of others. Ask yourself #whomademyclothes ? 🤷🏾♀️
Estimates say that the fashion industry is responsible for about 20% of the world’s industrial water pollution. All around the world, thousands of different chemicals are used to transform raw materials like cotton or silk into usable textiles. Some believe there are upwards of 8,000 (😱) different types of synthetic chemicals around the globe used in this process.
I’m sure we all are constantly wondering why it’s so hard for fashion companies with big brands to change their ways, right?! 🤷🏾♀️ Rob Harrison, editor of Ethical Consumer Magazine, shared these words, “It’s practically quite difficult to convert your whole production over to Tencel because it’s not just putting a filter on the pipe or collecting the pollution in a different way. It’s a completely different production method and so it involves building another factory.”
My input: While one company may be willing to pay the factory more for more ethical and sustainable products, this is a change that has to be agreed upon by all the clients of the factory, because everyone would have to change their process, which they may not all be able to afford.
If the factory wants to raise minimum wage, the owner has to be sure that all other brands are willing to pay more to support this pay increase. When even one company isn’t willing, this unfortunately halts progress for the rest.
C’mon, ya’ll. Let’s move forward together. Let’s support each other and the planet. ✊🏾
IKEA WILL BE ZERO WASTE BY 2020.
Here's what they had to say:
“We can utilise the massive potential of renewable energy; we can develop exciting new products and services that help people live a more sustainable life at home; we can transform waste into resources; and protect our forests, farmlands, seas and rivers for future generations. We can help lift people out of poverty by providing good places to work throughout our value chain and contribute to creating a fairer and more equal society for the many people. IKEA can be a small, but significant, force in helping to create this more sustainable world.”
Levi's did some research on their water consumption and look at what they found!
A single pair of Levi's 501 jeans takes over 3,000 liters of water, 400 mega joules of energy, and expels 32 kilograms of carbon dioxide. I'm sure that sounds like just a bunch of gibberish, but to put it in perspective, all of that is equal to
• running a garden hose for 106 minutes
• driving 78 miles
• powering a computer for 556 hours
In the past, Levi's has received some criticism for their ethical and environmental practices, but they've been making big efforts to turn it around. In 2011, thy launched Water<Less denim in multiple styles for men and women!
In the production of the 501 jean, they are able to reduce the water consumption to just 42 liters of water! AMAZING, right?! By making a conscious effort to sustain the planet, they have saved more than ONE BILLION liters of water. The brand's goal is to have 80% of their products fall under the Water<Less model by 2020.
Here are some quick facts about water that you may not know. 🌊
• It takes 2,700 liters of water to produce one cotton t-shirt. (Yep, just ☝🏾)
• It takes about 6,800 liters to produce a pair of denim jeans.
• It takes nearly 380 liters for just one pound of wool.
• It takes almost 8,000 liters of water to product one pair of shoes.
How much water did it take to make up your closet?
Over the last 40 years, textile production has done more than just double. In 1977, the world produced thirty-one million TONS of fiber for fashion and home goods. By 2007, production increased exponentially to about 80 million tons—which is 1.6 QUADRILLION pounds.
For example, in a single year, one fashion brand alone will typically use enough water to fill about 43,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Now think about how much of our natural resources that abuses. A lot of that water then gets dumped back into the system but it is polluted with toxins and dangerous to communities nearby production factories. 💧
Gals and guys!
Have you heard the news? MALIBU HAS BANNED PLASTIC STRAWS! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾The ban will go into full effect starting on June 1st in efforts to preserve this beautiful beach town. Businesses will now have to replace their plastic straws with alternatives like paper or bamboo - maybe even reusable metal or glass. Up next on their list is tackling plastic lids!
I love what the city's sustainability director had to say, "Individual cities have to decide how they are going to protect the earth. We've got to start somewhere. If we can start locally, that's the best place to start."
This statement is sooo on point, y'all. We need to decide how we treat mother nature, and it all starts with us. ♥️🌏
For those of you that aren’t super hip to sustainable lingo, GREENWASHING is a marketing strategy used by brands to present themselves as socially and environmentally responsible.
To put it simply, what they DO as a brand does not back up what they SAY. Unfortunately, it’s very hard to know whether or not we are being greenwashed, especially with all the saturation in the market and the freedom to advertise how one so chooses.
Some brands may also have sustainable parts of their business, but those may not be the aspects of their business that need it the most.
Here are a couple examples:
☝🏾 Zara has some of the most sustainable practices in the fashion industry regarding their offices, retail spaces and packaging. BUT they are still getting slammed with accusations of child labor - the most recent I believe came from Turkish garment workers.
✌🏾 H&M has a recycle back program where they will accept your items in exchange for store discount. Sure the items will be resold or recycled, and that's great. However, if they really wanted sustainability to succeed, the discount would be exclusively applicable to their eco-friendly apparel.
Both brands have eco clothing lines, and both are methods for them to greenwash you. If you learn anything from #TeachMeTuesday, please let it be this... Fast fashion can never be sustainable. So if you're waiting for the day that it will be instead of shopping smarter and changing your habits, don't hold your breath.🙊
Did you know that on average, the US fashion industry spends nearly $700 million on advertising? $686.34 million in 2017 to be exact. 💰💰💰
A lot of companies out there will argue that they employ thousands of garment workers, so they “can’t afford” to raise everyone’s pay (which would be about an extra $30 per person per month in Cambodia). BUT for an industry that makes TRILLIONS of dollars every year, you’d think that one could scrounge that up from somewhere.
In the short span of 4 days, a top fashion CEO earns a garment worker’s lifetime pay. So not affording it is just a blatant lie. Meanwhile, these same companies are spending big money on commercials, instagram and magazines, just to convince you that you NEED something that you don’t. Sounds pretty backwards to me 🤷🏾♀️
This image is a screenshot from the “Ladylike” H&M video ad that came out in 2016. They received praise for supporting women of all kinds. But HOLD UP. Stop and ask yourself, are they really supporting women of all kinds when their business is built of the backs of thousands of women working in sweatshops? I guess they don’t want to talk about it. 🤭
For February #TeachMeTuesday, I thought it would be a good idea to start talking about advertising/marketing in fashion. Companies spend millions of dollars on advertising, trying to convince their consumers that they need more. So let’s learn about it and be better and smarter shoppers.
Today I want to give you some insight on #FAIRTRADE. 🤝Did you know that there are companies out there that claim to be fair trade or organic, but they really are just greenwashing you? If you’re wondering how this could be, 🤷🏾♀️ it’s actually quite simple. Any brand could hire a graphic designer to plop the words fair trade on a label. 🙄
Here are some things to know about fair trade:
☝🏾 Fair trade is a sustainability model that prioritizes the planet and all people involved in the manufacturing process. In the words of Fair Trade Certified, it promotes “income sustainability, community and individual well-being, empowerment, and environmental stewardship. They include requirements around worker’s rights, fair labor practices, and responsible land management.”
✌🏾Over half of FTC products are organic, but not all are.
🤟🏾There isn’t really such a thing as a “fair trade business” - only fair trade certified products. This makes it so that a business has to have each product reviewed in order to earn proper certification.
🖖🏾 There are companies that provide fair trade certifications. The pictures featured are examples of something you might see on a true fair trade product. You can even go online to see their standards. If you see another logo that you don’t recognize, look it up online. If a company is fair trade, they believe in transparency and should be proud to share with you.
Wrapping you’re head around a sustainable wardrobe can be overwhelming! BUT it doesn’t have to be. People have so many different ways they approach a sustainable closet:
• a capsule wardrobe
• buying vintage or secondhand
• shopping at the same places as before but buying LESS
One very easy habit you can get into is following Lucy Seigle's 30 WEAR RULE. If you’re going to buy an item, ask yourself if you’ll wear it 3 times, 5 times, 10 times? How about 30 times? If you can make a true commitment in that moment to wearing the item 30 times, go for it! But if you’re struggling to see past 3 or 5 wears, put the item back on the rack. You’d be surprised at how often you put things back!
This picture is of my favorite (and lucky) top. It’s got some great magic in it. I bought it about 6 years ago from H&M, when I didn’t know much about how harmful fast fashion is. When I learned more, I wanted to toss all my clothes! But that would have hurt more than helped. So if you’re just learning about sustainability and why it’s important, don’t feel guilty, work on having more discipline when you shop, and learn to cherish the pieces you have. Wear them more than 30 times!
One big thing that’s been nagging at me is what to do with old shoes? 👟
Did you know that Nike has a shoe recycling initiative called Reuse-A-Shoe? They will take back your old athletic shoes and recycle them into what they call Nike Grind. It’s a material they created for playgrounds and athletic surfaces! I’m not sure why more people don’t know about this. It’s so cool!
You can go online to look up which stores are drop off locations, and you can donate other athletic brands as well - not just Nike.
The only stipulation is that this is for athletic shoes, so they don’t accept “fashion” shoes like sandals, flats, flip flips or boots. For those items, consider repairing shoes if you can. It’s common for shoes to be re-soled multiple times, so don’t lose hope in your favorite pair of shoes! Additionally, there are many organizations that will take old shoes and distribute them to countries in need. As a last resort, if your shoes really are UNWEARABLE, consider textile recycling.
No matter what, your shoes never have to end up in a landfill.