in collab with &OtherStories
images by Romeo and me
I applaud all efforts that help change our habits when it comes to waste.
So I was absolutely thrilled when &Other Stories asked me to make a series of images for them to help them spread he word about their recycling programme, reminding us all that resources aren’t endless and that the fashion industry is one of the most wasteful industries. It is so important to start reusing our waste as a second nature.
If you bring back a bag of old textiles (any textiles!) to the store you get a 10% thank-you discount. And if you’ve finished any of their beauty products, save the packaging and bring it back to again receive a 10% off (oh yes! and in selected stores, recyclers now get this HUGE canvas bag as well). More info here
Also, here’s a little wardrobe updating guide; Spring Cleaning 2.0. For those who -like me- don’t have any major decluttering to do anymore. Who’ve asked the ‘Have I worn this in the last two months’ a million times before. More like a periodical wardrobe reassessment to sift out those unnecessary pieces that slowly sneak into your wardrobe. And which will also help you make smarter choices when it comes to purchasing new items.
Instead of emptying out your entire closet on the floor and then having little individual trials on each item, wether they should be thrown out or not. Turn it around and focus on favourites: take out your most loved, most worn, best fitting items. The garments that you really miss when they’re in the laundry (note to self: you probably need another exact same pair of those jeans if you miss them so much when they’re in the laundry). By doing this alone you’ll have a capsule collection, sort of like your own ‘best of’. Look for the common thread among these favourites: read the labels and find out which fabric composition you like to wear most and analyse the fits and cuts.
With your favourites out of the way, take look at what’s left in your closet. It will be much easier to see now what doesn’t belong in there anymore. Ask yourself things like: Would you notice if any of these pieces would go missing? Would you purchase this item right now? How many pyjamas can you wear at the same time? Is this fabric totally worn out? Does anything need replacement or an upgrade? How did this even get in my closet? Would this piece make someone else happier?
Replacements: more often than not I find that the things that need replacement are in the ‘favourites’ pile, which have been worn and washed most often. If you’re going to replace an item with a new one, do your best to get a better quality, slowly elevating your wardrobe piece by piece and turning it into a longer lasting collection.