It should come as no surprise that keeping used clothing and other textiles out of landfills begins with...
...SHOPPING LESS! Shopping has become an end in itself in our culture. A pastime or even a hobby. In part, we're responding to the siren song of advertisers and even our government about the need to keep the economy moving through spending. And, I often wonder whether we're harking back to some primal hunter-gatherer instinct basic to the human psyche.
I often find sustainability closely linked to frugality, though I am far from immune to consumer culture. My name is Dee, and I am (at times) a recreational shopper. I have lofty goals of spending minimally and strategically. I won't shop at stores which support policies and politics which I cannot support (examples would be Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby), though I realize that I'm not always aware of all hidden agendas. I buy re-used and recycled whenever possible, and I'm obviously a huge proponent of DIY.
I am far from perfect... but, instead of hitting the mall, I go to yard sales, thrift stores and used goods stores. I also frequently use Pinterest as a shopping substitute - just because I pin it does not mean I have to buy it - and I can go back and look at it whenever I want! What strategies do you use to decrease your urge to shop?
Next in this series: Knowing When to Let Go: 7 Reasons to Remove an Item From Your Wardrobe!
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