Today is the day for us to consider and adopt habits that will help to leave a smaller carbon footprint on our environment. I could go on and on about recycling and reducing energy consumption and how it is beneficial, but if you’re an avid fashioniSTA reader, you’re most likely here for the fashion tips and tricks.

We love consignment. It’s what we do. Of course, we love consignment because of the amazing fashion finds and vintage/unique pieces, but have you ever realized how resale helps the environment?

Think about it.

The clothes hanging in your closet took hours to make, whether by hand or machine. The textiles alone were created before the final garment was even produced. So many different types of materials go into producing a final garment too, like plastic for buttons. The amount of energy that goes into the production of a garment is shocking.

If you are like us, you probably have items hanging in your closet that you never wear. Don’t just throw them away or let them go unused, consign and give them a second life. Not only will you make some money in the process, but you’ll also be extending the life of the garment. It is such a waste to see an item worn once and then tossed into the trash. If the piece of clothing is unwearable, donate it! Some charities will even pick up donations right from your home, if you have a large enough load.

So this Earth Day, we can make a difference for our Planet through something as simple as the clothing already hanging in our own closets.

Happy Earth Day, fashioniSTAs!

~ Taylor, fashioniSTA intern