With Christmas a distant memory and spring soon approaching (well, kind of), now’s the time to get more organised and freshen up for the new year. Everyone talks about ‘no buy January’, and how they’re attempting not to buy anything new for a month, but how about trying to include this mindset into your everyday life and not just for January? You could declutter your wardrobe and whip together some outfits you may have forgotten you have, AND it will make you feel better and less cluttered.
Recycling week might be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean recycling has to. Keep reading to see what little but important changes you can make.
Worldwide, only 9% of plastic is recycled.
79% of the 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste plagues our environment in landfills or as litter.
By shopping pre-loved, we can rely less on plastic or single-use items and reduce our carbon footprint. Below are some ways in which this can be accomplished.
Minimizing Packaging Demand
Purchasing pre-loved extends the life of any given item and creates less demand for the wasteful materials used to produce new packaging. New items are often shielded behind plastic wraps or laden with stickers and tags. The United States Environmental Protection Agency advises that reducing waste at the source “saves on natural resources, conserves energy, reduces pollution and toxicity of our waste, and saves money for consumers and business alike.”
In the mood for a spring clean? Why not have some fun and start with your wardrobe?
Most of us are looking to switch our autumn/winter wardrobe into a spring/summer one and the opportunity for a great clear-out is definitely in the air.
But how do you know which clothes to keep and which ones to discard? Well, the definition of de-clutter in the Oxford dictionary is ‘remove unnecessary items from an untidy or overcrowded place.
De-cluttering is a great place to kick-start the spring clean and Love Your Clothes has joined forces with Barnardo’s to show you a quick and easy way to a lighter and more organised wardrobe. By all working together, we hope to reduce the 350,000 tonnes of clothes that end up in UK landfills every year.
Charity shop lover Kathryn Houldcroft has been shopping since her teenage years and explains why she’s still charity shopping in her 40’s…
As someone in their mid-40’s you would have thought that charity shopping is something I would have grown out of by now. But I guess I have been second-hand shopping for so many decades that my brain is now hardwired to head straight for the thrift stores. I also love the thrill of a bargain, the individuality of charity shop purchases and the feeling I get from giving to a good cause, such as Barnardo’s. And there’s other reasons as well:
1) It’s something I haven’t grown out of.
I first started second-hand shopping in my early teens when charity stores circa 1985 were very different to the ones you see now. Ironically, although these places were frowned upon, they were stocked with amazing pieces from the ’50s and ’60s that would now be classed as vintage.
2) It’s my own personal style and no one will have the same outfit as me.
I have to confess this was the reason I began charity shopping many years ago. As a student I wanted to look individual. I wanted to wear the shirt, jacket or shorts that no-one else had. I guess this is a habit that has stuck with me.Read More »