So, how do we choose what goes in and out of our closets? Here's a place to start when it comes to buying best practices.
1. Examine your closet and consider what you haven't worn in the last few years.
2. Examine each item and consider why it is collecting dust: has it lost its shape? Is it a relic of a previous fad? Is it simply broken and irreparable?
3. Take these concerns with you the next time you go shopping for clothes.
4. Concentrate on the problems of your present unworn clothing before judging the new item: is it of low quality? Is it the result of a passing fashion fad?
These are the mental steps needed in being aware of impulse purchases with a limited lifespan.
Buying high-quality goods is undeniably more expensive, but, like a good piece of furniture or a fine car, the investment pays off in the long run. Many of us have already realized that investing Ghs300 on one well-made pair of jeans rather than a slew of cheaper, lower-quality pairs that are constantly replaced is more cost-effective in the long run.
Given the monetary and sentimental worth tied to them, owning garments of value and quality will also mean conserving them more.
Sustainable consumption is not solely the duty of consumers; firms must also play a part by altering their business models. Brands that stress quality and longevity in clothes (many now offer free in-house repairs for their products, for example) must become more mainstream in order to compete with disposable quick fashion.
Despite all of your efforts to have a sustainable wardrobe, the question of how to get rid of unwanted items without causing waste remains unanswered. Clothing contributions are still significant both locally and worldwide, despite the environmental and social concerns that secondhand clothing marketplaces face. The worldwide second-hand clothes market is a booming sector in many countries, and local communities rely on our donations for their livelihoods, in addition to providing crucial financial support to local charities.
The advice here isn't to quit contributing; rather, only donate the excellent stuff: garments that aren't damaged, dirty, out of shape, or poorly constructed. If the fabric can't be repaired, try repurposing it into anything from cleaning rags to pet beds. Ask yourself, "Is this excellent enough to offer to a friend?" when evaluating a garment's wearability. Don't donate it if it's not in good condition. Why should anyone else desire it if your friend doesn't?
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