Reducin’ and Reusin’ Baby!

I like to shop. I have always liked to shop. As much as anyone who has been raised in a society based on consumption likes to shop, I like to shop. However, I also like our planet, and animals and people. I don’t want to contribute excessively to the degradation of the environment, the suffering of living creatures or the exploitation of human beings. So, I am trying, as many of us are, to think carefully about my purchases when I do have to make them, and how to reuse what I already have. And I am really excited about that last bit because I just came across a list of very cool websites via green my style that are all about that. These are a few that really got me to thinking…

1. Make Do and Mend – no-frills site with great tips on making things over and also good info on the social and environmental costs of overconsumption.

2. Swishing – remember back in junior high when you and your friends used to borrow each others’ clothes? (Jennifer B., wherever you are, I’m really, really sorry it took me so long to return your Guess jeans back in the 8th grade.)  This is just like that except you have a party and everyone brings an item of clothing to swap. You and your pals don’t where the same sizes? No prob! Swapping accessories works just as well. ( Looks like this is a big deal in the UK, but a quick search for this type of activity in the US was unsuccessful…surely it’s happening though. I will continue searching. ) OK so my searching for US clothes swapping parties was hampered by the fact that I used “swishing” vs. “clothes swapping”. Ms. Scarr pointed out that they have lots o’ swaps in Oregon and I found some in San Fran.

3. What’s Mine is Yours – feeling anti-social? This is swishing online. Users can also buy and sell items here.

4. Oxfam DIY – tips on refashioning old items into new ones. Second hand clothing for this purpose can be purchased on the site. More info on Oxfam in this fun video:

5. Wardrobe Refashion – if you are rolling your eyes and thinking: I am already way of ahead of you sister, I am an upcycling machine! then take the pledge at Wardrobe Refashion:

I pledge that i shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoted, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings!

Hope you find these as inspiring as I did. Have fun! 🙂


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