A lot of people have commented saying we do that and they do it because it saves money. Yes, going green does save money.
I am not sure how exactly I became such an eco friendly person, but I am and for the most part that is one of the things Rusty loves about me.
Last night I went down to base to babysit, so the marines could go to the ball. I watched all the guy's get dressed in their uniforms. They always look so handsome. Then Amber and Heidi got dressed. Amber wore the same dress she wore to prom last year, and Heidi borrowed a dress from Nikki.
Now that is recycling at its best. I am not sure why, but the girls go to a lot of formal events, so we are always on the look out for nice used dresses.
Yes, I said used. So many people buy formals and then wear them once and then they sell them for nothing. I swoop in and buy them up. It saves me money and I am keeping something else out of a landfill.
For me it goes further then that. I think about what really goes into the dress or any of our clothing for that matter.
Cotton is grown, it is sprayed with pesticides, and then harvested by big fuel sucking machines. Then the cotton is milled, woven...ect. You get the picture. Most of our clothing is made overseas so it has to be shipped here, and that consumes more energy.
The clothing industry is very hard on our environment and most people sacrifice the planet for fashion. I do think that is wrong on so many levels.
When you think that you need new clothing, try looking at thrift stores or yard sales first. I am always shocked at the amount of nice clothing I find at these two places.
One of the big issues I have is what to do with Ryans shoes. Ryan goes through a pair of sneakers about every two months. I just can't believe how hard he is on shoes. So I went on search for way's to reuse Ryan's old shoes. I was so shocked at all the different ways shoes can be recycled. Niki has a program where it takes all old shoes and grinds them up and then Niki makes all sort's of stuff from the old shoes.
As I sit here this morning in my late father in laws shirt, Rusty's sweat pants and socks that don't match, I have to wonder how much clothing I have saved from the landfills and how much money I have saved.
Please check out the following link. Even if you have desire to ever recycle your shoes it is really neat to see how shoes are recycled.