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Should You Throw Away all of the Fast Fashion in Your Closet?

You’re ready to make the switch to sustainable fashion brands and options but you have a wardrobe full of fast fashion. You’re not alone, this is exactly my situation!

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So what’s a girl to do?! (First, calm down. This is a first-world problem.)

It would feel great to toss everything out and start building your sustainable wardrobe from scratch (if you have the money – I sure don’t) but I have a very inconvenient fact to share with you. 

The most eco-friendly thing you can do with your current wardrobe is to  KEEP WEARING IT! (Marie Kondo probably felt a cold shiver go down her spine as I typed that).

Saaay whaaaat?!

That’s right. The best way to instantly make your wardrobe more sustainable is to take care of what you have and re-wear it for as long as you can. The goal is to create less waste and reduce your consumption of fast fashion. You can do both of those things by holding on to the clothes in your closet.

Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. If you gain/lose weight, move to a different climate, your kids have a growth spurt, it’s a gift you secretly hate, you don’t have storage space, etc. you’ll need to find that clothing a new home.

That doesn’t mean you toss it in the trash! Here are a few ideas for getting rid of things that no longer serve you. 

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DONATE IT

Did you know that only 10% of donated items actually make into thrift store sales floors? That means 90% of what you donate is likely going to end up in a landfill!! Crazy right?!

Part of this issue is because many donations are in terrible shape! Don’t use thrift stores like trash bins. 

Always make sure the clothing you donate is free from damage, stains, and major distress. 

Also, thrift stores aren’t the only places you can donate to!

Small charities, non-profit organizations, and churches often need donations to provide clothing to the homeless and struggling families. 

Here are some L.A. based organizations in need of clothing donations: 

Dress for Success – West

Los Angeles Mission 

Baby 2 Baby

Girls Today Women Tomorrow

SELL IT

If the clothing you’re looking to  get rid of is in good/great shape and you want to make a little extra money, you can sell things digitally through sites like Poshmark and ThredUp

You can also have a good ol’ fashion yard sale or visit your local Buffalo Exchange (They have a trade option as well!)

SWAP IT

This one is for my social butterflies and girls who love to host! (I’m not a social butterfly but I love to host, Lol!)

If you have a group of friends that are also trying to clear out their closets, consider hosting a clothing swap. (I’ll be doing a fully devoted post to this soon)

All you need to do is pick a day, a location, and a set of rules for the clothing swap. (Fizzy cocktails would also be a fun addition)

Here are a few important things to remember when planning your clothing swap:

– What will happen to the clothes left over at the end of the swap? Donate? Take them back home? Make sure you decide on this beforehand and remind everyone who attends so that there are no surprises.

– Is there a requirement for how many items each person must bring? The goal here is to make sure it feels fair to everyone who contributes clothing to swap.

– Who should you invite? Ideally, you want to make sure there are clothing options/sizes for all, so you may need to invite a larger group of women to make that possible.

That’s it my sustainable beauties! 

I hope this post shed some light on the truth about your fast fashion wardrobe! 

Were you surprised that I recommended you keep it instead of replacing it? 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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