|Three bags full, picke up by the Diabetes Association|
Here is a factoid to get you thinking:
- We throw away a huge amount of textiles, including clothing, in a year: approximately 16kg per person, or a total of 33,600 tonnes in Metro Vancouver in 2006.
So how do we deal with the stuff we don't want anymore in an eco-friendly way? I've got four ideas for you:
|The Diabetes Clothesline truck picking up our donation|
Yard sales are one way to get rid of stuff, but you might do better with a consignment store. There are some great ones all around Vancouver--Wee Ones Reruns is our favourite for children's clothing--which will give you 40-50% of the sale price of the clothes you sell with them.
Sometimes you might not want to give up your favourite old t-shirt or you just love the pattern of a skirt that you somehow ripped. So make it into something new! Sewing baby or children's clothing is a natural fit--you'll need less fabric than the adult size piece. There are some amazing tutorials online for projects like dresses or pants from men's shirts, for example. You can make pet beds, quilts, cleaning rags, rugs or pillows from old clothes. Google it or surf Pinterest for a while & you'll find a wealth of ideas.
This is probably the most fun idea of my list. Invite all your friends over & tell them to bring at least a few pieces of clothing they no longer want. Provide some snacks, music & maybe wine or beer & you'll have a ton of fun trying on each other's clothes. You'll end up with a few 'new' things yourself & say goodbye to a few more that you weren't wearing anyway. If there are leftover clothes, bundle them up & try one of the above solutions to send them on their way.
Have you got a closet full of clothes that you don't wear anymore? Have you got any other ideas for paring down your closet? Let me know in the comments below!
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