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5 Simple Mending Skills

  This blog post is brought to you by the wonderful Repair What You Wear website. They are a video resource site with just about any mending project you might need to conquer, detailed in an easy to understand way. You can learn to mend with their help, we promise! All these mending projects can be done with this simple sewing kit from Amazon! We love this kit because the needles come pre-threaded. That is one of the hardest parts of sewing for me, so this skips that dreaded step.  Note: Everything linked here for is a right handed person, not to worry if you are left handed check out the Repair What You Wear website.  1. Sewing on a New Buttons...

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How To Have a Conscious Halloween

  Conscious Costumes for Halloween  Honestly, this is a topic I never really thought about before. My son wanted to be a firefighter, so I just added the costume to my Amazon cart and hit buy now. I think it makes a huge difference just being aware that you may not have to spend that money, and you can help the environment while you are at it.  Let’s talk Halloween facts: Halloween costumes are expected to cost Americans $3.6 billion in 2022. Most Halloween costumes are made from plastic-based fabrics. This makes them a great candidate for the landfill because recycling them is very difficult. A large amount of these costumes are only worn once or twice.     Things you...

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How To Care For Your Clothes

One of the easiest ways to be a conscious consumer is to take care of the clothes we already have in our closets. With such a drastic increase in clothing production over the years, consumption and short-term use of garments is also on the rise. The fashion industry worldwide produces more than 100 to 150 billion items of clothing per year, and the average American throws away about 81 pounds of clothing per year. We are consuming and trashing fashion at an alarming rate. One way to keep our clothes in our closets longer is to take care of them while we have them. Here’s 10 steps to care for your clothes: 1. Use cold water when washing  Heat can...

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Our Favorite Ethical Brands

If you landed on this blog post and find yourself asking, "What is an ethical brand?" - check out these blogs: "What in the World is Ethical Fashion" and "Ethical Fashion Terms".  This is our definition of ethical fashion:  "We believe ethical fashion encompasses brands that are working hard to break the cycle of fast fashion through ensuring safe working conditions, offering a living wage, partnering with artisans to support local economies, ensuring sustainable practices and overall focusing on the fact that how a garment is made matters greatly."  Based on this definition, we've compiled a list of links to some of our favorite ethical brands. 31 Bits - accessories, home goods ABLE - shoes, denim, women’s apparel, accessories, leather bagsAdelisa...

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Textile Recycling Spotlight: Retold Recycling

Nicole had the honor of chatting with Amelia Trumble, one of the co-founders of Retold Recycling to hear all about how Retold came to be and what they're doing to help divert tons (literally) of clothing from the landfill.  "There has to be an easier way." - Amelia  Amelia discovered her need for Retold when overhauling and renovating her closet...how do we get unwanted garments out of our homes without hurting the environment and also not driving ourselves crazy trying to find the right place for each item? Amelia and co-founders, Noelle Delory and Alan Yeoh, are on a mission to divert as many textiles from the landfill as possible and make it easy thing to do for the average...

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