Of all the clothing cluttering your closet and drawers, what percentage do you regularly use of? Depending on your addiction to the latest fashions and your social calendar, that number might be lower than you may realize. In recent unofficial online surveys, most women said they wear anywhere from 20% to 50% of their wardrobe. Predictably, men’s answers tended to be a bit higher.
So…what should you do with all those once-worn party dresses and last season’s trendy- wear? Thanks to environmentally friendly “green” movements in recent years, we now have more options than ever!
One option is a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are among the most popular forms of recycling clothing because they are completely free! Often held in the home of a host who invites his or her friends, family and neighbors, clothing swaps invite attendees to bring their gently used apparel in hopes of swapping styles with another guests. Social media sites have also been sponsors of such exchanges, where members of a group can simply post photos and descriptions of items from their closets.
Similarly, clothing recycle sites are “trending” big time. Unlike swaps, recycle sites offer gently used clothing for a price, but a much reduced price! For example, a site called “Re-Lilly” offers the everlastingly trendy Lilly Pulitzer clothing line for pennies on the dollar compared to their usual pricy tag. At almost thirty thousand members, it has obviously been a success. (Link to site)
Green options like clothing swaps and recycle websites are a win-win for both parties. Sellers get rid of unwanted clothing cluttering their closets while making a profit. Buyers can acquire their next party dress for a fraction of the cost.
These thrifty attractions aren’t just desirable to frugal fashonistas. They also offer vast pay-offs for the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, textiles like those used for clothing took up an estimated 5.2% of landfills in 2011. That means that of the 13.1 million tons of textiles produced that year, only 2 million tons were recycled and made into other materials such as seat stuffing and building materials. As clothing recycling continues to become more and more popular, this number can be greatly reduced (and our wallets can be expanded!).
Join the green fashion movement if you want to stay on trend!
Blog written by:
Sintelle Kimper, TNC Summer Intern from Centre College.
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