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Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day

By Larraine Roulston: Shop secondhand … first. On Thursday, August 17th, nonprofit thrift stores celebrate National Thrift Shop Day (also known as National Thrift Store Day). By supporting secondhand shops to purchase and donate items, you will save money, conserve resources and reduce waste. Buying gently used goods from thrift stores will also create “green” jobs as …

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How to Make Your Clothes Last

By Kim Robson: Buying new clothes can be a time-consuming, expensive chore. There’s nothing worse than watching a favorite piece fall apart after a few wears because of poor workmanship or shoddy materials. There’s another reason to avoid mediocre duds: too often, cheap clothing is made by starving children laboring …

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Denim Jeans Recycling

By Fredrica Syren: This last summer my husband had two of his denim Levis jeans rip and become unwearable. And my kids, well, they go through jeans as if they were being dragged on the ground all day long. Of course I try to patch and repair as best as I can to extend their life a wee bit longer, but ultimately the jeans’ days are numbered. Then the question …

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Bringing New Life to Your Outdated Sweater

By Amanda Wilkes: It is nearly time for spring cleaning, and this year I am including my closet on the list of things to do. Most of the time I donate old clothes that I am no longer wearing; however, I’m thinking of doing something different with my outdated sweaters. …

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Keeping Fabrics Out of Landfills

By Larraine Roulston: For the most part, we want our unwanted clothing to be reused. Many mothers pass their children’s outgrown outfits to friends’ children, while women of various ages host clothes swapping parties. Supporting local thrift stores and clothing drop boxes are other examples. Torn and stained textiles do …

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Ethical Wardrobes: Gratified World

By Amanda Wilkes: By no means am I the trendy, fashion forward, catwalk replicating fashionista that many trendsetters accomplish with ease. However, I do love a great outfit and appreciate a commendable closet. What I’ve learned is that keeping up with the latest fads is exhausting to both my wallet …

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Levi’s: Give a Little, Get a Little

By Amanda Wilkes: The Levi’s brand deserves applause for the commendable steps they have continually taken, in recent years, towards sustainability, including their newest green initiative. At some point during the year, we tend to find ourselves shuffling through our closets to get rid of the old and make room …

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Eco-Couture: On Trend in Clothing and the Environment

By Dawna Matthews: It seems the newest trend in fashion is upcycling and sustainable design.There has been a marked increase in designers focusing on innovative designs based on sustainable practices and materials. Not only are designers focusing on the environment, but buyers are also increasing the demand and desire for …

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Recycling Textiles for a Sustainable Future

By Fredrica Syren: I think it’s safe to say that, when I get dressed in the morning or when I buy new clothes, I don’t think too much about what effect these clothes have on the environment. Don’t get me wrong: I really try to buy as many organic and …

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