May 2020   
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Has being quarantined changed your wardrobe? 

This  recent article in USA Today says we now have "coronavirus fashion" and it includes more pajamas and less pants!  While you may not be quite this laid back, working from home does allow some time to reflect on what is hanging in your closet and folded in your dresser drawers.

According to Elizabeth L. Cline, author of our book feature below, most of us use just 30% of the hundreds of clothing items we own. She recommends a clean-out, but she encourages a slower, more thoughtful process. Unlike many other minimalism and decluttering plans, this one also focuses on finding a productive new home for cast-offs.

Cline asks readers to first take "a fashion fast," a full and intentional break from buying new clothes. This break can be used to evaluate past spending habits, repair existing clothing, and shop unused clothes already owned. Sounds like the perfect activity for when you are quarantined at home!

What are the options for passing along used clothing in your community? Let us help you educate those you serve about the best options to reduce waste and provide reuse, not just for clothing but for all materials in the waste stream. Just g ive me a call or email me

Keep on changing the world! 

Elizabeth Roe
Eco Partners
Change the world by changing your clothes!
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth L. Cline
"If you want to change the world, there's no better place to start than with the clothes on your back and the shoes on your feet."

So says Elizabeth L. Cline in her book, The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good (Penguin Random House, 368 pages).

According to Cline, the apparel industry accounts for 3% of the world's economy, 8% of its carbon emissions, and a third of the micro-plastic polluting our oceans. It employs hundreds of millions at less than a living wage and is a leading consumer of both water and toxic chemicals.

This book covers a lot of ground, providing an education on right-sizing your wardrobe, quality over quantity, staying fashionable, the impacts of different textiles, maintaining your clothes, and social activism.
 Check out our book review to read all about her plan for giving yourself a "conscious closet."

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