Today I met up with fellow Seattle blogger Joni of Walking Colors to go thrifting at Value Village. As you can see in the photo above, we both were able to find some goodies! I scored a cashmere pullover, a merino wool sweater, a silk top, and a vintage hand-knit fisherman cable cardigan! Whoo hoo!
I was especially paying attention to fabrics today because I learned recently that many fabrics are bad for the environment! Polyester, acrylic, rayon, acetate, triacetate, and nylon undergo extensive chemical processes to be made, result in terrible pollution, and some may even cause cancer! Aaack!
So I'm trying to stick to more natural fabrics like cottons and wools; and cashmeres and silks when I can! Even cotton, when it isn't made organically, is hard on the environment. A non-organic single t-shirt requires two pounds of pesticides to produce! Even more reason to buy clothes from thrift stores!
Of course, if you only buy the natural fibers at thrift stores and the synthetics don't sell, the synthetics end up sold as scrap or in a landfill where they won't biodegrade... Ethical shopping is hard! Ok, breathe... I can think through this... Better World Shopper says buying from thrift stores is an A+. Buying NEW clothes made of synthetics is what I want to avoid because I don't want my money causing more synthetics to be made. Buying anything thrifted is still ok because it's important that clothes get used to their full potential. So the most important thing is to use your clothes. Ok. I can do that. Phew. I feel better.
It's great, right?
- weather: cloudy and comfortable
- nylon (oops) leggings, bought locally, made in the USA, cost $28 divided by 2 uses = approximate current cost per wear (accpw) $14
- polyester and rayon (dang) skirt, accpw $30
- silk (yay) and modal top, bought locally, made in the USA, accpw $50
- sandals, so old, accpw less than $1
- bag, way old, accpw less than $1
- ethical ensemble evaluation: B