We buy clothing for many reasons. Certainly for need –appropriate work attire, a coat for cold weather for instance. But at other times for want—a new top for a special occasion or a new swimsuit for vacation. Whatever brings you to supplement your wardrobe and make a purchase, be sure to add an important criterion among “want” or “need”, be sure to think about “how long.”
Specially commissioned research from a brand name laundry detergent revealed that while 49% of people planned to wear the last item of clothing they purchased more than 30 times, the reality is that over a third throw away clothes after less than 10 wears. That is not a great deal of wears considering all the energy and resources expended to create that one piece of clothing.
At The Renewal Workshop, our aim is to keep clothing from the landfill by giving it a new life through restoring items to like-new condition and offering them for a second sale to consumers like you. In addition to supporting our Brand Partners, you can help the environment by taking a thoughtful approach to your purchases. The New York Times offered advice on how to buy clothing that will last longer. With a helpful list of questions that you can consider when looking at your options, this advice can ensure you a long-lasting wardrobe and a healthier planet on which to wear it.
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