It was reported by L.A. Times that the average American throws away 54 pounds of clothing and shoes each year. That is an astonishing total of 9 million pounds annually! While many of us hate to hear it, the best way to stop this incredible amount of waste is to significantly reduce the amount of unnecessary things we buy. Cutting down to 1 impulse buy per week instead 3 can make a significant change! If you are like me this probably comes as a challenge, so you may need to ease your way into it. The best way to start this is by avoiding fast fashion stores like Forever 21 and A'gaci, and start buying products that have been recycled or sourced from natural fibers like organic cotton, linen, or hemp. There are many brands that offer items that are made with renewable energy and environmentally safe dyes. Of course many of the sustainably made and biodegradable products can be expensive. An even better option is to buy less frequently in order to save up for a higher quality garment that you can appreciate more.