Are you wanting to go more green in 2016? Sure you can recycle more, reduce your plastic waste and turn the lights off when you leave the house, but did you know that one of the biggest polluters in the world comes from the fashion world? The average American woman spends $60 on clothes and trashes six pounds of textile waste each month. Fashion is environmentally toxic: the textile industry is the world’s second largest water polluter, after agriculture. Is that insane?! Meanwhile, 95% of the clothes we throw into the landfill are recyclable.
Do you want to do something about this? Then take the 2016 Shop Drop Challenge, started by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, the founder of mommygreenest.com and the most fashionable eco-friendly mom I know. Three years ago she created the Shop Drop Challenge, an online program that challenges us not to buy any new clothes for 30 days—beginning any day in January—choosing (recycled) like-new consignment, thrift or swapped fashion instead. Even better, just don’t buy anything at all for 30 days.
You can sign up at www.mommygreenest.com/shop-drop-challenge-2016 and more information is at www.mommygreenest.com/shop-drop-2016. All participants are entered to win a $250 shopping spree from like-new consignment retailer thredUP.com, which is the presenting sponsor.
The goal is 1,000+ participants, representing 6,000 pounds of landfill waste saved. If the 160 million women in America paused the shop-and-drop cycle for just 30 days, we could save nearly one billion pounds of textile waste!
For the record, I actually hate shopping. So this is easy for me. I know it goes against the woman code or something but I find it to be painful. Department stores are too big and overwhelming and I can’t pick clothes off of a computer that I haven’t tried on. Working as a correspondent for Access Hollywood for eight years, I was so incredibly blessed to have a wardrobe department and three amazing ladies who helped me get dressed for red carpet events and award shows. Now that I work freelance, as a TV host, it’s up to me to dress myself and recently I found a whole new way to wardrobe – consignment stores. LA has the most amazing high end designer consignment stores around. There is so much money thrown around and so many women who just get tired of their old stuff, they consign it. Fendi, Ferragamo, Lululemon, Halston, Helmut Lang are just a few of the designers I have picked up merchandise from at rock bottom prices. We are talking $50 or less for items that are like new and perhaps only a dress worn once or a purse used for a few weeks.
So, if you just can’t say no to shopping for the 30 days than hit up the consignment stores and see if you find a bargain!