4 Ways to Green Your Closet This Spring
Spring is here! And many of us may be tempted to head out to our favorite stores to stock up on those lightweight, brightly colored, open-toed, and overpriced "essentials." But before you empty your wallet on spring shopping, take a look at these tips to minimize cost and maximize green.
1. DIY: Braided Scarves
Many of us have tons of old T-shirts in our closets. Whether they are from college sports teams or some retreat you went to 10 years ago, they can still be of use. Make these shirts into awesome braided scarves for those cool spring days. All you need are some old T-shirts, a ruler, scissors, and iron-on adhesive (which can be found at your local convenience store for about $3). Check out the tutorial below by YouTube Guru AnneorShine. And for those of you who can't wait until summer to whip out the shorts, check out our DIY: 10 Summer Shorts You Can Make at Home.
For those of you who aren't the "DIY type," we have you covered. Check out one of the newest and coolest fashion start-ups with a cause, Fashioning Change. CEO and owner Adriana Herrera and her team have created a fashion experience that allows you to shop for clothing according to your price range, style, and the causes that you feel most strongly about. Then they choose clothing lines that protect health, human rights, and good ol' Mother Earth. After creating a free account, users are asked a series of questions including how much money they would like to spend, most similar celebrity personality, favorite store, and what cause they'd most likely donate to. The Fashioning Change Team then generates your changing room based on these preferences, saving you up 27% on clothing options and informing you of how each clothing line is supporting the cause you care about most, and how you are helping by buying its products. Now that is fashion with a cause!
Nothing says reuse and repurpose like a swap meet. And with spring weather approaching, why not turn the backyard into a fun and resourceful party spot where people can exchange clothes while mingling among new faces! Best of all, it is one of the easiest parties to plan, since everyone can bring something. Save paper by sending an Evite to guests, requesting that they each bring a specific set of items to exchange (this list will need to be predetermined by you, the host) and a snack/drink for guests to enjoy. Be sure to determine whether everything will be free (exchanged based) or whether some items will be priced. And remember to request that everyone arrive about 20 minutes before the designated bidding time. This event is sure to be a hit, and best of all, everyone can leave with something new for zero or little cost.
4. Only Clean Clothes that Are Dirty
Many of us have a habit of taking off clothes and throwing them right into the dirty-clothes hamper. But why clean it if it isn't dirty? Believe it or not, one wear does not always yield dirty/smelly clothes. So don't waste large amounts of water and energy when you don't need to. Even some of the newest and most efficient washers still use about 15 gallons of water per cycle, and the average family washes about 400 loads of laundry a year. That is 6,000 gallons of water per household used only on washing clothes! So next time you are about to throw something in that laundry hamper, consider whether you really need to.
Video courtsey of Youtube.com/Anneorshine and www.LifeAnnStyle blog
Brittany Johnson is an editorial intern at Sierra. Her interests include social and environmental justice specifically among underrepresented and disadvantaged communities. She majored in Global Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, taught English in Tanzania and answered phones in various offices before joining the Sierra family.