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Vivienne Westwood Says Stop Buying Clothes

Participating in The Great American Apparel Diet — to not buy new clothes for one year — might be easier for me than others, but it’s good to know that someone as distinguished as Vivienne Westwood supports the idea. I’ve always been a quality over quantity kind of girl, but I will admit to having bought into a few fashion trends while living in mall obsessed SoCal.

“With all the scandals tainting clothing retailers recently, could simply not shopping for clothes solve all our woes? Making an appearance on BBC News this morning, British fashion designer (and one of our favorite dames) Vivienne Westwood encouraged viewers to give up shopping for at least six months—unless they absolutely had to—to keep our landfills from filling up. Do you agree?” via Ecouterre

Commitment #33

“I will re-dye my black clothes to make them last longer.”

Ever give up on your favorite black tee shirt or jeans just because they were, well, no longer black? In a world of endless fashion fads, investing in timeless, black essentials is the best way to add value to your wardrobe. That is, until they fade. No amount of style can stand up to a washing machine intent on sucking the life out of those carefully selected faves.

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Commitment #13

“I will participate in The Great American Apparel Diet.”

If you’ve been keeping up with these commitments (and, hopefully, joining in) you know that just prior to this commitment, I promised to trade, donate or upcycle my old clothing.  For the next 230 days I am going to take that a step farther by joining The Great American Apparel Diet.

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Commitment #12

“I will trade, donate or upcycle old clothing.”

While Wal-Mart and H&M are getting busted by The New York Times for purposely destroying brand new clothing they couldn’t sell, I’m making a commitment to respect my old clothes, bucking the trend that has the average American discarding 68 pounds of clothing a year.

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