Sustain | Dispose Your Clothing Responsibly
Every season I spend a day or two cleaning my wardrobe. That entails cleaning out old, faded clothes that I have been clinging on to and also those that don’t fit me anymore or are worn out beyond repair. While I am a border line hoarder, Marie Kondo and her book has had a great impact on me. I know a lot of people chuck clothes based on trends and fashion but since I mostly own classic pieces or designs made sustainably, I tend to use them longer.
I grew up hearing all about ‘a cluttered house is a cluttered mind’ so it reaffirms her thought process every time I read the book. Closet purges have become a new hot thing, that promise everything from the improvement of style, to life rejuvenation and while people talk about how proud they are for throwing it all away, they rarely know how they can dispose off their clothes in a more effective way. When you just throw your clothes, they end up in a land fill that hurts our planet. So here is how you can actually make a positive impact by not just throwing away your garments –
RECYCLE them. Put them all in a bag (at least the fairly decent ones) and label them. Contact somebody from Goonj an NGO that I have been working with for years and know that the clothes I ‘donate’ are put to good use. Or any other NGO that you think will appreciate the clothes you send them. Alternatively give them to those who are around you – my maid loves my clothes for her daughter. They are hip, trendy and are usually in very good condition.
I know this sounds funny but we use old bath towels as mops in the house. I am proud of it because I know I am doing EVERYTHING I can to lower my carbon footprint.
Ever wondered what really happens to clothes you dispose off ? See this video that I came across recently…