We all know to avoid the fast fashion habitrail of buying a five-dollar t-shirt because it was on sale, only to have it sit at the back of your closet for decades. And now that so many people are jumping on the Konmari bandwagon—finding joy, everyone?—there’s a lot of closet clean out going on. But what do you do with those clothes you’ve rejected? People, listen up: Here’s how to sell used clothes.
You’ve read about fast fashion, in which underpaid workers in third-world countries provide western consumers with cheap and disposable goods. You’re all clear on cotton, which uses 17% of the world’s insecticides and is 94% Genetically Modified. And that the textile industry is the world’s second largest water polluter, after agriculture. But with that in mind, sometimes you just have to shop, right? Which is why it makes sense now to figure out what matters to you when it comes to the clothes and accessories that you buy–especially if you’re concerned about your impact on the Earth. (For more on that, check out the Mommy Greenest Guide to Going Green.)…
Can you give up clothes shopping for 30 days? I did. What if I told you that taking a month-long shopping pause could help save $10 billion and a billion pounds of textile waste? That’s why! We’re gearing up for the annual Shop Drop Challenge, which takes place each January to raise awareness about the fashion’s environmental problems and an easy eco fashion solution. Sign up for this year’s Shop Drop Challenge, and you could win a $250 shopping spree from thredUP.com!
I have a little bit of a thredUP habit. Ever since I discovered the site last year, I’ve been just a wee bit obsessed. In fact, so many polka-dotted bags move back and forth across my doorstep that my neighbors probably think I’m working for the company. No, I just love the idea of saving 90% and recycling clothing! So when I heard about thredUP’s new Raise a Hand for Teachers program, I knew I had to get involved. Helping teachers with the click of a button? Sign me up!
With three kids, Mother’s Day is a big day for DIY in our home. I’ve received everything from heartfelt homemade cards to a rock song written in my honor. But when it comes to buying gifts, I look for fair trade and sustainably made products. I discovered these gorgeous gifts on Earth911’s YouChange marketplace. Because a celebration of love for your mother should include a nod to Mother Earth!
I admit it, I’m a hauler. That might sound strange coming from someone whose entire online identity depends on the idea of reducing consumption—especially given my focus on thrifting and swapping for clothes, most recently with the Shop Drop Challenge. But hauling—a 21st century phenom in which women and girls use social media and YouTube to display and rate massive amounts of beauty and fashion purchases—is exactly what I’ve been doing. Because today through Monday January 26th, the thredUP 99 Cent Event is putting gently loved style on sale at massive savings: Just 99 cents per piece! Seriously, this five-day sale will go down in history—so don’t miss out! Through the thredUP…
You’ve heard it so many times: Don’t heat or store food or drinks in plastic. But did you ever stop to think about why? It’s pretty simple: Most plastics contain phthalates like BPA, which mess up our hormones and are suspected to cause cancer. Especially when they’re warmed—whether it’s in the microwave or because of hot food inside—plastic containers leach these phthalates into food. Not good! Still, you need to be able heat and store food and drinks safely—even on the go. So what’s the solution? Enter UKonserve, an amazing new line of durable, waste free silicone-enhanced glass storage boxes and water bottles—perfect for the fridge or lunchbox!
Editor’s Note: Check out the 2016 Shop Drop Challenge!We’re nearly halfway through the Mommy Greenest Shop Drop Challenge, in which we stop buying any new clothes or accessories for 30 days. Last year, Mommy Greenest readers saved $30,000 and 3,000 pounds of landfill waste in just one month. Will you join us?