Refresh Your Memory With the 3R's

Recycling and donating clothes are great first steps to being a green consumer this holiday season – they both reduce the amount of textile waste going to landfills by extending the lifetime of our clothes. But this year, take your green efforts a step further by considering what happens before you decide to get rid of the clothes.

Here’s three easy steps for going green (which should also be followed in this order): Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. New clothes take a lot of oil and/or water to make, so start off by reducing the number of clothes you buy. Here’s six quick tips:

  1. Look at what you clothing you already have and get bold and creative with new outfits

  2. Get together with your friends for a fun clothes swap

  3. Do your friends and family a favor and get some piece of clothing they’ve loved to the point of holes, and repair it or get it repaired for them

  4. If the clothing is really old, use it as a cleaning rag

  5. Think before you buy: will both the material and the style last at least two years? How much of your closet could you wear it with now?

  6. When you do go to purchase new clothes, check out brands like Nike and Levi Strauss & Co. that have committed to reducing the environmental harm done by their manufacturing process