#ShopDrop2016 Inspires Dish Detox

“Fashion is environmentally toxic: the textile industry is the world’s second largest water polluter, after agriculture. Is that insane?! Meanwhile, 95% of the clothes we throw into the landfill are recyclable. Do you want to do something about this? Then take the 2016 Shop Drop Challenge, started by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, the founder of mommygreenest.com and the most fashionable eco-friendly mom I know…Working as a correspondent for Access Hollywood for eight years, I was so incredibly blessed to have a wardrobe department and three amazing ladies who helped me get dressed for red carpet events and award shows.  Now that I work freelance, as a TV host, it’s up to me to dress myself and recently I found a whole new way to wardrobe – consignment stores.” Read the full story on Laura Saltman’s blog, Dish Detox.

Mommy Greenest Guide to Eco Friendly Fashion

eco friendly fashion model in black high heels against blue walls

You’ve read about fast fashion, in which underpaid workers in third-world countries provide western consumers with cheap and disposable goods. You’re all clear on cotton, which uses 17% of the world’s insecticides and is 94% Genetically Modified. And that the textile industry is the world’s second largest water polluter, after agriculture. But with that in mind, sometimes you just have to shop, right? Which is why it makes sense now to figure out what matters to you when it comes to the clothes and accessories that you buy–especially if you’re concerned about your impact on the Earth. (For more on that, check out the Mommy Greenest Guide to Going Green.) With this in mind, here’s my guide to eco friendly fashion! [Read more…]

Fast Fashion Polluter Banned in EU

Are your clothes dirty? That’s a questions I asked myself when I learned about the EU’s new ban on imports of clothes and textiles that contain nonylphenol ethoxylates, also known as NPEs. I’ve written quite a bit about fast fashion–as well as the push for supply chain transparency through #FashionRevolution, and supporting fashion recycling through the #ShopDropChallenge. But I never really knew much about the connection between fast fashion, NPEs and the environment. Until now. [Read more…]

Shop Drop Challenge Wrap

shop drop challenge mommy greenest thank youEditor’s Note: Check out the 2016 Shop Drop Challenge! Thank You. Seriously. The Mommy Greenest community rallied behind the Shop Drop Challenge and it was amazing! I started out just asking people to commit to a 30-day shopping pause—thrifting or swapping a preloved fashion fix instead—and this year the Challenge took on a whole new dimension!  [Read more…]

Shop Drop 2015

illustration of woman against black background with flowers trailing from her handEditor’s Note: Check out the 2016 Shop Drop Challenge!Last year, I discovered that 160 million American women spend an average of $60 each month on clothes, while dumping six pounds of textile waste into the landfill. That’s $10 billion and one billion pounds of trash—every month. I was so floored by those numbers that I started the Shop Drop Challenge and 500 of you joined me, saving an average of $30,000 and 3,000 pounds of waste in just one month. Not bad, right? But more than that, many of you reported that the experience changed the way you thought about shopping—you started buying less, thrifting and swapping more.

This year, when I found out that women spend nearly 190 hours a year shopping and window shopping for clothes and accessories, I realized that time—so precious to all of us—was also at stake here. So I decided to bring the Shop Drop Challenge back for 2015. If you need a New Year’s Resolution that saves time, money and the environment, this one fits the bill. Will you join me? [Read more…]

Eco Fashion, A to V

pewter leather clutch against white backgroundYou’ve read about fast fashion, in which underpaid workers in third-world countries provide western consumers with cheap and disposable goods. You’re all clear on cotton, which uses 17% of the world’s insecticides and is 94% Genetically Modified. But with that in mind, sometimes you just have to shop—and many of those times take place during the holidays. Which is why it makes sense now to figure out what matters to you when it comes to the clothes that you buy. Here’s how I categorize eco fashion. [Read more…]

Hollywood Stylist Secrets to Thrift Shopping

Hollywood stylist Alison Deyette shares her secrets to thrift shopping at The Closet in Santa Monica, CA. So far, Shop Drop Challengers like Alison have saved $30,780 and 3,078 pounds of textile waste from the landfill. Woot!

How to Clothes Swap

illustration of girls in red and black dressesClothes swapping is a great way to clean our your closet and get some new clothes in exchange, but without a little organization it can get a little confusing. Here are a few rules to remember.

If you’re hosting, make sure that you use an area that makes it easy for you to display the clothes, either folded on tables or hanging from racks.

Remind your guests that the items they bring should be clean and in good condition—no holes, rips or stains. Pre-arrange for the donation of clothes that don’t get swapped to a local shelter or non-profit—and make sure you know who’s driving them there. As with any party, have food, drinks and fun! With these rules in mind, here are three ways to organize a clothes swap. [Read more…]