Simple tips that we all can do

http://blogs.zappos.com/blogs/sustainability by Brad Tomm and my thoughts on each

  1. Repair old clothing (LEARN TO REPAIR, IT IS ALSO A STRESS RELIEVER 🙂 )
  2. Purchase clothing, bags, and shoes made of recycled material (WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO USE RECYCLED MATERIAL, YOU ARE SAVING RESOURCES)
  3. Purchase clothing made out of organic cotton instead of traditionally grown cotton (WHEN YOU ARE CHOOSING ORGANIC COTTON, YOU ARE NOT ONLY PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM HARMFUL CHEMICALS THAT ARE SPRAYED ON COTTON FIELD BUT ALSO SAVES THE FARMERS AND THE COMMUNITIES. THEY HAVE MORE EXPOSURE THROUGH AIR AND CONTAMINATED WATER)
  4. Wear your garment more than one day before you decide to wash it (DECIDE IF THE CLOTHES ARE DIRTY BY LOOKING AT AND SMELLING THEM. THE NEED TO WASH VARIES FROM REGION TO REGION BASED ON THE CLIMATE, YOUR WORK AND ACTIVITY. MUST CHANGE UNDERGARMENT DAILY AND WASH AFTER A MAX OF 24 HOURS WEAR.)
  5. Purchase second-hand clothing  (WE HAVE SEVERAL SECOND HAND CLOTHING STORES AROUND -IN U.S. IT IS NOT JUST GOODWILL, SEARCH IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND YOU WILL BE SURPRISED. WHEN YOU DO NOT HAVE SUCH STORES, CONSIDER SWAPPING WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY OR ENJOY HANDS ME DOWN). IN THE U.S. MANY CITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS HAVE STARTED SWAPPING EVENTS: Conscious Clothing Swap @ http://www.socialjusticeartsfestival.com/
  6. Don’t wash your blue jeans, put them in the freezer! (INTERESTING CONCEPT BUT I WOULD REVERT BACK TO MY COMMENT ON WASHING. IF YOU HAVE STAINS-YOU GOT TO WASH. JEANS CAN BE WORN SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE WASHING OR FREEZING )
  7. Wash in cold water and line-dry when possible (SAVE ENERGY AND YOUR BILL)
  8. Avoid buying clothing you have to iron (I HAVE OBSERVED THAT IF YOU WASH AND THEN HAND DRY YOUR CLOTHES, YOU MAY NEED MINIMAL IRON EVEN ON COTTONS)
  9. Avoid buying clothing you have to dry clean (IT IS HARD TO FIND FORMAL CLOTHING THAT FEELS AND LOOKS GOOD AND CAN BE WASHED. FIRST THING, TAKE CARE DON’T GET THEM SOILED, NEXT TRY TO SPOT CLEAR AND AIR-FRESH THEM, WOOL CLOTHING CAN BE EASILY DEW-CLEANED/FRESHENED. AS A LAST RESORT, THERE ARE SOME GREEN DRY-CLEANERS WHEN YOU NEED DRY-CLEANING. CHECK YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES)
  10. Buy local when possible. Support local clothing, shoe and bag designers that do not outsource their factories to other countries (ASK QUESTIONS WHEN YOU ARE BUYING FROM LOCAL BOUTIQUES AND SMALL BUSINESS. YOU CAN ALSO ASK QUESTIONS FROM BIG RETAILERS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA. MAKE THEM THINK).
  11. IF YOU INVEST IN GOOD QUALITY CLOTHING SO THAT THE MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS ARE MAKING MONEY TO SUSTAIN THEMSELVES. $5×5=25 OR $12.50×2=$25. YOU HAVE 5 THROWAWAY CHEAP QUALITY T-SHIRTS OR 2 DECENT QUALITY T-SHIRTS THAT LOOK GOOD, OR $25X1=$25 A SHIRT THAT IS SO BEAUTIFUL, ETHICAL AND WELL MADE. YOUR CHOICE. THE BUSINESS IS STILL MAKING $25. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THINGS BY CHANGING YOUR CHOICES.
  12. IF YOU NEED MORE TIPS AND RESOURCES, PLEASE VISIT http://www.sol-inspirations.org/ OR RESPOND TO THIS BLOG. I WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.
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