This week on Sartorial Sustainability Sunday, I am spotlighting the reuse angle of the environmental trio (reduce, reuse, recycle.) Previous reference to reuse within the context of this blog has referred to shopping the secondary market (eBay, Poshmark, TheRealReal, Thredup), but how often do we buy something only to ever wear it once and allow it to disappear into the dark abyss of our closets?
I am not judging. I have done it too!
As I only document my weekend outfits, at most I post two-sevenths of the ensembles that I actually wear. The fact that this exact shirt made it to my blog in three different outfits, speaks to the wearability and versatility of it. Given the ratio of how much actually gets posted, imagine how many times I actually ended up wearing this sleeveless lace top.
Wear an item three times within a season and I say you have got yourself a staple! Here is to purchasing less disposable one-and-done items and, engaging in less gross overconsumption (looking at you H&M / Zara / Forever 21 / Mango / Shein / Primark / Asos / Boohoo …). As always, in the meantime, I will be under a 2019 Shopping Moratorium. Less clothing, more creativity.
I am committing to hitting a trifecta at least once a month for the remainder of the year. My guidelines: I have to wear the item at least three times within the last three months and it must be documented on an outfit blog post before I can include it in Sartorial Sustainability Sunday.
I have written about this before, but it bears repeating. The clothing industry is the world’s second largest contributor to pollution next to the oil and gas industry. Just think about how much good we could do, just to engage in more reuse of what is already in our closes and less consumption.
Are you with me? Let’s do this!