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Before I was a mother, I cared about the environment to an extent. I wore second hand clothing when I felt like it, I recycled, I brought a reusable canteen places when convenient, but that is nothing compared to how I view the world now, having had children.
Joseph took this picture of us today, while we were trying to figure out which of our herbs had made it through the winter! 🌱 I figured this is a perfect moment for you to take a look into our frugal minimalist lives: Indie’s second hand @applecheeksdipe and @bumgenius cloth diapers are drying in the sun (it saves energy and they smell better!) 🌞 All our planters are ones I have found around our neighbourhood in the trash on garbage day! We have given them a second life! 🌸 Today I scored the @freepeople denim shorts I’m wearing for $20 from @lusterandoak – which was amazing because I have needed to replace my old shorts that fell apart (not even joking… they had become indecent for going out in public) 😂 Selkie’s @hm dress we found at a clothing swap for free! 👌🏻 My diaper bag hanging on the rail and the shirt I’m wearing I found at @valuevillage_thrift for $2 each ✌🏻The blanket we have on the deck is vintage and I found it on @etsy ✨ The bandana in my hair I found about ten years ago, forgotten in a park 🌈 Second hand does not mean second best!!! It just gives new life to things that need love ❤️ #secondhandnotsecondbest #trustedclothes
The idea of secondhand clothing for those that never grew up with it, is a struggle. Perhaps no one really talked to you about secondhand clothing or you’ve just never been immersed in a group that even mentioned it.
I love this dress. I bought it years ago and decided to give it to a friend because I wore it on plenty occasions. Just recently I was going through my closet and setting aside a pile of clothes to donate. I remembered the blue dress I used to have and kind of wished I still owned it.
I love this dress. I bought it years ago and decided to give it to a friend because I wore it on plenty occasions. Just recently I was going though my closet and setting aside I pile of clothes to donate. I remembered the blue dress I used to have and kind of wished I still owned it. That same week, I went to a second hand store and I couldn’t believe it. The blue dress I used to have was hanging on the rack! Of course I bought it back for $5! Side note: donate your clothes instead of throwing them out. Or give your used clothes to friends/ family. #secondhandnotsecondbest #TrustedClothes #contest #karma #manifest #donate #clothingswap
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As consumers, we have a power we do not exercise very often, either because we think it would not make a difference or because we think it would be too complicated. Ultimately, money is the only thing that would make companies move in one direction or another, either we like it or not.
Take a moment to think of the clothes, threads, and other forms of ‘swag’ hanging in your closet and sitting on your shelves. What are those items that you pass over every time you pick out an outfit? If that question does not apply, then I seriously envy you. But maybe, there’s a shirt or two that you picked out for an occasion that’s never going to happen, or a style that just isn’t meant to be. When you realize this, please refrain from sending your clothes to the dump.
On a trip to Cambodia this year I saw an old man walking around selling thick winter coats in a country where the temperature rarely drops below 20 degrees, even on the coldest days.
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Today’s fashion is largely defined by fleeting trends. I’ve been known to argue that this has always been the case, but no decade’s fashion is dependent upon trends more than this one.
Do you think donations and second hand shops could be the best ways to deal with textile waste? I’d say yes. Let’s say you have some clothes that are still suitable for wear, just not for you anymore. For example, it got too small for your kid who’s now a teenager, or you just don’t like to wear it anymore.