My Goal to Shop Less for a Sustainable World

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Since I’ve been studying for my architectural license I’ve been reading a lot about sustainable design.  Apparently 40-45% of energy consumption in the U.S. is from buildings, which has got me thinking about my own carbon footprint.  I think I’m fairly sustainable, but there are aspects in my life where I know I’m not.  I admit I have a little bit of a shopping problem, and also that I’m a sucker for fast fashion.  It’s a habit I definitely want to break because according to, the clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world next to oil.

For the new year, my plan is to do the following:

  1. Shop less – The goal is to only buy necessities since I’m fairly happy with my closet.
  2. Donate the excess – I have a lot of clothes I don’t wear.  My plan is to donate unwanted clothes and shoes via ThredUp to the charity, Girls, Inc.
  3. Shop sustainable brands – I really want to do this, but need to do more research on sustainable brands.
  4. Thrifting –  I think for trendy items I may look into the idea of shopping second-hand.
  5. Go basic –  Instead of lots of patterned shirts and dresses, I plan to wear solids and use jewelry as a way to accessorize.  The goal is to avoid wearing a dress or shirt only once.  So investing in an LBD is probably the way to go.
  6. Buy workhorse items – I want to buy clothing items that can be worn for different occasions.  I realize I have this bad habit of buying a new dress for a wedding, which only gets used once or twice before I let it go to charity.
  7. Capsule wardrobe – I’m loving the idea of capsule wardrobes per season.  It’ll definitely pair down my closet and hopefully stop my fast fashion hauls.  The positives from all the shopping is that at least I’ve found my style.

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