Fashionably Green. Are You?

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After doing some reading here and there, I came up with an interesting thought: how satisfied are you with your wardrobe? How much of your wardrobe you feel it’s really you, in tune with your lifestyle and vision?

Of course this was first conducted on my own closet and what I found within was putting the wardrobe math to shame. What if we would think more and buy less? Yes, I know it’s a pretty darn big thing to ask, but let’s take the following into consideration and foray into our wardrobe, see what we can come up with! (what you’re about to read comes from The Green Book:The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen which you can buy here) (via)

The average American purchases forty-eight articles of new clothing per year. If just one of those articles were purchased from a secondhand store, the energy equivalent of more than half a gallon of gasoline could be saved, because of all the energy used to manufacture and transport new clothes. If one in every ten Americans substituted his or her next purchase of one new garment with a vintage one, the energy saved could fly every resident of Hollywood to New York for Fashion Week.

The Green Book


#1 Decor Arts Now on 03.28.11 at 4:21 pm

I say, BRING ON THE VINTAGE! Love when I find something cool. And never realized just how “Green” it was! Lynn

#2 Cheryl Gorn on 04.13.11 at 6:18 am

I am the author of a new book called The Secondhand Wardrobe: Have Fun Finding Stylish, Earth-Friendly Used Clothing Deals. I appreciate your pointing out that buying used clothing instead of new saves on energy. There is an additional environmental bonus when you buy used clothing. Toxic chemicals such as pesticides and dyes are often used when new clothing is manufactured. Buy your clothes used and no harmful chemicals are added to the environment.

I always enjoy reading articles about fashion and the impact it has on the earth; thank you for this excellent one.

#3 kpriss on 04.13.11 at 12:47 pm

Lynn, I admit I haven’t even thought about being green when I was vintage hunting! It’s an entirely new perspective!

Hello Cheryl and welcome! I’m sure you book is interesting and helpful so thanks for the heads up!

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