March Clothing Donation

March Clothing Donation

It has been ten months since I committed to one year without buying any clothes and to donating 26 clothing items per month – my self-imposed clothing ban.

Since then, I have not bought any clothing for myself or my kids [though my husband did buy me a sweater a few months ago] and I have donated 297 items of clothing from my wardrobe.

And I still don’t need any new clothes.

In fact, I feel like I still have an excessive amount of clothes – but, after I have this baby, I will be able to give away all of my maternity clothes and, after I get back to my regular size, I will be able to give away all my postpartum stuff as well. That will probably cut my wardrobe in half – again.

Last year, I heard about fast fashion for the first time when I watched the documentary The True Cost, which highlights many of the ways that fast fashion hurts not only our planet but people all over the world.

“It’s no secret that fast fashion has been responsible for a catastrophic level of environmental pollution. The trifecta of overt use of raw materials, water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions are only a part of the story. Not only is this circular buy, wear and toss behavior impacting landfills and becoming a major carbon contributor, but that may not be the worst of it. Fast fashion has played a very dark role in contributing to black-market trafficking of forced labor, as evidenced in the New York Times documentary, Invisible Hands, by journalist Shraysi Tandon.” – Forbes (read the article here)

I honestly had never considered how my “buy, wear, and toss” consumer mentality towards clothes [and all products] was affecting the world around me.

And it IS affecting the world. The only question was, did I care enough to change my spending habits? Hence the clothing ban.

This clothing ban has left me permanently changed. It may be over in May, but I will never be able to go back to my old ways of spending money.

Once again, if you haven’t watched The True Cost, DO IT!

Karis

4 thoughts on “March Clothing Donation

  1. That is such a good idea! I implemented a one in, two out rule just recently. But I feel I can do better. Fast fashion is so depressing. It kills me every time I go into a store and see the crazy prices, and the poor quality. You’ve inspired me to think again about my role……

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    1. I really like the one in, two out rule! I will need to implement a rule like that when this shopping ban is over. 👍🏻 so good to hear from another ethical shopper!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I sadly was one of those people who didn’t think much about waste – until last year. But now that I know how harmful it is, I am doing what I can. 👍🏻 I posted about my shopping ban under the category “shopping ban” but I see now that there is no way for readers to search for that category! 🤦‍♀️ I’m so sorry. They are also tagged with “clothing” and “decluttering” but I will try to resolve the issue of searching by content type for you. Thanks for letting me know!!

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