Recycling Clothes in the New Year

Recycling Clothes in the New Year

One of my top goals for the year is to be more environmentally friendly with the clothes I wear but also with the ones I don’t.

Most of my resolutions fail within the first month, with the exception of last year. A few years ago, I change my perspective on what a resolution really is.

If you’re anything like me, New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to reflect and pin-point all your “flaws” or “failures” or “weaknesses”. Sounds harsh, but I do this to come face to face with the things I need to change about myself to become a better person. And it works.

One huge difference I’ve made was to change my perspective on the word “resolution” by calling it a “goal” instead. So, in 2018, on the eve of the new year, I made it my goal to raise my credit score in a productive way and I did. It went up 77 points by the end of 2019. (Yay me!)

Managing my finances more productively has now become part of my lifestyle. But this year, I’ve got a much larger goal in mind, one that won’t only benefit myself.

Doing the Research

This year, I’m making it my mission to be more eco-friendly when it comes to the clothes I wear. This means doing research on how clothes are made, buying from thrift stores, and donating what I already own.

But it starts with the research.

There are so many clothing brands out there that are paying their workers a lot less than minimum wage. Other brands don’t care about their water usage or reducing carbon emissions.

The only way to distinguish between them is by looking into how they work. There are tons of websites that list the best eco-friendly clothing stores available to us.

Replacing The Clothes I Own

For every piece I bring home, I’ll give one back.

This will also help me achieve my other personal goal of being more minimal. Plus it’ll go hand-in-hand with my KonMari method I’ve got going on in my closet. You can read more about my experience with my KonMari method, I wrote about it here.

Instead of adding more and more to my closet, I’ll be replacing items. There are so many pieces I own that I just don’t wear anymore but kept around because “maybe I’ll wear it one day”. But it’s time to break that cycle and donate it so that someone else out there can actually wear it.

A Conscious Consumer

I’m not a huge shopper as it is. But when I do feel like heading to the mall for new jeans or a cute top for work, I’ll be more conscious about it.

The more aware we are as consumers, the more positive change we’ll bring. There is absolutely no reason why I can’t read up on the company’s working conditions before I give them my hard-earned money.

Hand-me-downs are perfect for a sweater you may only wear a few times a year. Or maybe only during the winter months. So then you can take it right back to the thrift store for someone else to wear. It’s that simple. (And I really like the idea of not paying full price for something I’m only going to wear a few times)

If you want to make a difference in this climate change crisis, it starts with your mindset.

Thank you so much for reading! During my research and experience with recycling and donating clothes, I’ll keep you updated on what I learn. This goal won’t only affect me and my closet, it’ll affect someone else’s wardrobe and the planet we’re fortunate to live on.

-Karina

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