<< Tuned in Tuesday >> Textile Waste in the USA

<< Tuned in Tuesday >> Textile Waste in the USA

 Dropping off donation clothing from my Clothing Swap at Goodwill in Santa Cruz, CA (I am actually wearing a shirt I received from the swap!)

Dropping off donation clothing from my Clothing Swap at Goodwill in Santa Cruz, CA (I am actually wearing a shirt I received from the swap!)

Did you know that the average American throws away almost 65 pounds of textiles every year? In fact, 11 million tons are discarded every year.  (Source: http://www.usagain.com/) Most of the clothing that is thrown in the garbage is because of minor stains or tears that could easily be fixed if taken to a tailor or someone educated on how to maintain clothing.  Millennials happen to be the largest offenders when it comes to contributing to textile waste. (Source: Science Daily) This is an issue that I think can actually be solved by our generation. In order to bring attention to this matter (and to score some sweet threads) I recently hosted a clothing swap in honor of the Winter Solstice.

 Some of the clothing from the Winter Solstice clothing swap I hosted. (Sorry for the picture quality)

Some of the clothing from the Winter Solstice clothing swap I hosted. (Sorry for the picture quality)

The swap was a massive success! The picture above is above is about 2/3 of what was brought to the garment swap. I couldn't even fit all the clothing in one picture. There were 8 girls who brought their used goods and we had an amazing night. We drank wine and ate appetizers while we all tried on clothes. After the swap I had a massive amount of clothes for donation. I donated a few bags to the local women's shelter. They didn't have space for all the hand-me-downs so I took the rest to the local Goodwill drop-off center. (See first photo)  I even happened to be rocking one of my "new" shirts the day I dropped off the clothes for donation. The outfits I received from the swap are all amazing pieces. I couldn't believe some of the items my friends were giving away! 

 Buying some flowers at the local farmers' market with my sisters ::&nbsp;Shirt and jeans are both from my clothing swap!

Buying some flowers at the local farmers' market with my sisters :: Shirt and jeans are both from my clothing swap!

"One man's trash is another man's treasure" is a well-known quote for a reason! The shirt and pants I'm rocking in the picture above are both from the swap. This is one of my favorite outfits that I discovered at the exchange. I am looking forward to hosting another swap in honor of the Spring Equinox. My New Year's Resolution this year is to not purchase anything new besides food and hygienic products.  I have a feeling that if I keep hosting these swaps there won't be a need for me to buy any brand-new threads for a long time... Thanks for reading! Feel free to leave any feedback in the comments :) xx Rachael Arias

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