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Concentrate on buying good quality, classic clothing pieces.

Sewing a button back on is not only a great green choice, but a money saver as well. When did clothing become so disposable? Don’t just buy a shirt or a pair of shoes just because it’s on sale. Divide the price by the number of times you think you will wear it and that’s the cost every time you wear it. If you buy that fuchsia tie-dye shirt for $5 and never end up wearing it, you just wasted $5 and kicked the planet at the same time.

Have kids? A great way to recycle and be fashion forward is vintage clothing. That great off-the-shoulder dress you still have from 1976 would fit your daughter perfectly. Suggest it when she is going to the mall to buy the exact same dress, in a lower quality fabric.

Set up a clothing exchange.

Look for all natural organic fibers certified by the Organic Trade Association. They look better, take fewer chemicals to produce and allow your body to breathe. Just because it’s cotton, doesn’t mean it’s environmentally friendly. To grow enough cotton for an average plain white t-shirt, it takes 1/3 of a pound of chemicals and 3/4 of a pound of chemicals for a pair of jeans. Make sure the label is marked 100% organic cotton.

Old shirts and towels can be used as bedding in animal shelters.

More tips: www.freecycle.org

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