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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I’m officially on the bandwagon. I’ve been running a green home for years, using grey water for the garden, recycling, composting, CFL in every fixture, hybrid cars, carpooling, using a clothesline instead of the dryer and super high efficiency appliances.

However…there is the little issue of consumable goods. We need to rethink and make a lifestyle change! To get started, I’ve taken the Wardrobe Refashion Pledge for four months.

“I, angelapea, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of “new” manufactured items of clothing for myself, my husband and my four kids, for the period of 4 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself and my family with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoted, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings!”

I’m excited about reducing our household footprint even more and about teaching my kids how to sew. I’m even more exicited about demonstrating social responsibility to my kids – life isn’t about “consuming” at another’s expense. I want them to think about where our clothing comes from and the wages that are paid to the folks who make them. I want my kids to completely understand the concept of Social Justice and their role in promoting it.

Then there’s the total enticement of reducing the stash in the attic…

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