@PlanetBrandee – Thriftness

@PlanetBrandee – Thriftness

The Power of reusing and recycling

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 1.59.13 PMListen: Life is a lot like a treasure hunt. We go searching and ambling through adventures, under rocks and over mountains, seeking the moment when it all suddenly comes together in a wild revelatory splash of WOW! Sometimes we get it, and sometimes, well, we don’t. So on those days when it’s not so “Wow!” I highly suggest slapping on your big kid boots and going thrifting.

Yes. I said thrifting.

Why you ask?

Well, for one, you’re reusing and recycling, which in and of itself is a powerful thing. Each year, consumers throw out and discard literally TONS of clothing, housewares and textiles. In fact, the average American throws away about 65 pounds of clothing per year. Along with other textiles that get tossed, like sheets and bedding, the total comes out to 14.3 million tons of textile waste per year. Thrifting saves items from a landfill and makes you feel a little better about your day.

So get inspired already! Take a trip with me on the magical interwebs and discover some FUN and FRESH ways to reuse what you find on the racks and floor at Goodwill NYNJ. Here’s a proverbial laundry list of inspo below – share your favorite and post pics of your own DIY recycle project.

221 Upcycling Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind – try diving into this hack list of ways to reuse everyday items you find around the house. Or read this super cool list of 30 ways to recycle your stuff! Or how about:  50 Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Things.

And if that’s not enough, consider just downsizing as an art form. Take a moment to listen to this fab TED talk with the very queen of organization, the enchanting Marie Kondo. Her book is a MUST have if you have a habit of collecting but not using, so slate this for your next coffee break and tune in.

From the recycling bin to the closet, you’re STILL meaning to clean out before the fall season. Get inspired! Clean out that summer closet, and start prepping for your fall wardrobe.

Follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!!

Note from the editor:

Last year, Goodwill NYNJ helped residents keep more than 112 million pounds of unwanted but still usable clothing and household goods out of local landfills.

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