“I like my money where I can see it,” said Sex and the City’s fabulous Carrie Bradshaw, “hanging in my closet.” And maybe, unlike the iconic SJP character, our closets aren’t filled with Dolce and Jimmy Choo’s, but they are full. Years of hand-me-downs, thrifting miracle finds, impulse purchases, favorites that got shrunk in the wash, shirts that don’t go with any of our pants, and pants that don’t go with any of our shirts—all piling up around the clothes we actually wear every day.
It’s cluttered. And no matter how much we might love the skirt we wore to eighth grade graduation, it’s just too small, and the heels we bought for that wedding give us blisters—they totally kill our feet. Our styles have evolved and we’re just not that into some of the pieces we saved up to buy a few years back. So, what to do? Throw them away with chewed gum and expired yogurt? I don't think so.
Do your bit for environment and give your clothes (including all bags, jewelry, accessories, etc.) a second life by participating in our clothing swap at the BUST Zero Waste event on Saturday July 13. Get rid of your closet rejects guilt-free and while you’re here, find your new wardrobe staples without paying a dime. Bring t-shirts and cotton clothes and learn how to make them into produce bags, pee rags, cloth tissues, and other upcycled items that will help you live waste-free. Donations should, of course, be things others would want, not things you're trying to dispose of. All the leftover clothes will be donated.
And if clothes aren’t your shtick, make sure to swing by for the Zero Waste book swap. Bring what you’ve already read or never will read and leave with picks for the whole summer.
Tickets to Zero Waste, which can be purchased in advance, here, for $15 or at the door for $20, include admission to all talks, panels, clothing/book swaps, demos, performances and Zero Wasted dance party. All tickets also include a 1-year BUST digital subscription for you or a friend.
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Noa Wollstein is an editorial intern at BUST. She is currently a student at Princeton University working towards a B.A. in English, Film, and Journalism.