With six days left in Earth Month, I would be remiss if I didn’t include a post on my latest passion: Sustainable Living. Early this year, I decided to not only get my Masters in City Planning, but I’ve also decided to pursue a graduate certificate in Applied Sustainability. Prior to taking my course in Actionable Sustainability, I thought this field would be all about hugging trees and possibly learn how to grow a plant or two. With two weeks left, I am learning that I contribute the growing problem of climate change in the world. By the year 2030, things won’t be the same…I think the temperate weather is already schooling us.
With my business as usual behaviors, i.e., Multiple hair salon visits, constant shopping for brand new clothing and destroying them, taking uber to go everywhere, etc., I am responsible for leaving a huge carbon footprint in the ozone layer. When Savers reached out to me about the possibility of doing sharing the great news on sustainable fashion, it felt like one of those ominous signs from God that screamed DO IT! And of course, I had to get the squad in on this too! Now I admit, I shop a lot. Whether it’s online or in store, I go HARD! But after reading these facts as it relates to Boston, it made me look at things differently:
1. Despite the state-wide initiative launched last year to reduce a number of textiles going to landfills, 63 percent of Boston area respondents admitted that they still threw their used clothing in the trash, 9 percent higher than the national average.
2. Most of these people (66 percent) did so because they didn’t think any donation center would take it.
3. The good news is that 76 percent agreed that “If I better understood how my actions hurt or helped the planet, I would be more likely to make environmentally conscious decisions vs. I understand how my actions hurt or helped the planet, but I am not willing to change my lifestyle.”
4. As for donation motivations, 49 percent of Bostonians donated used clothing and household goods to help their local community, while 12 percent do so to help the environment.
So instead of trashing my clothes, I am going to start donating at my local Savers! Also, instead of shopping online all the time, I’m gonna start biking or walking to my local Savers as well. If there’s anything I can do to help the Earth, I am all for it.
With that said, the ladies and I decided to challenge each other in creating the most self-expressive outfits while shopping at Savers.
After we were done, VOILA!
With the exception of my jeans, my entire look was from Savers. From my vintage duster to fur purse, I scored my entire look for 20.00 dollars and helped the environment in the process. I loved that we were able to express ourselves all in one store. From vintage to rugged, we all have an aesthetic that we were able to recreate at Savers.
So are you convinced? Make sure you donate your unwanted clothing/household goods at Savers! I’m committing to giving three bags every season! How about you?