Worldwide, we buy more and more clothes, but we wear less and less of our wardrobe and we pay less and less money for clothes. On average, the Dutch buy 46 new items of clothing per year* for about 16 Euros each. We wear 21% of our wardrobe** in the Netherlands. We dispose of so many items of clothing which leads to mountains of waste that are piling up due to unsold stocks during months of lockdown.
What can you do to change this? You can buy clothes that last longer, that you cherish, and that match your personality. In these times we can find the time, space and inspiration to dress more sustainably. You will find 6 easy ways to make more sustainable choices and buy consciously.
Only buy items that you are genuinely happy with and that you can enjoy forever. Cherish your clothes! Because not wearing 71% of your wardrobe is a real shame!
* This is shown by research by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
** This is shown by research by international moving company Movenga.
Carina van der Kloet is founder and personal stylist. She has twenty years experience. She has given numerous master classes and personal styling advice to thousands of people including management, executives, entrepreneurs, expatriates, diplomats working at various (international) organizations.
Carina van der Kloet grew up in French speaking countries in Africa and in the United States. She speaks English, French and Dutch.
"Carina van der Kloet is an inspiring speaker! With striking examples of how clothing works for you, she knows how to create a pleasant and intimate atmosphere. Great to see how you can create impact with few words."Miranda van Mondfrans, director Pro Assistance BV