This post is in collaboration with Schoola. I was sent clothing items in return for talking about their site and mission. All opinions and words are my own!
Today is Earth Day, and I’m excited to share something a little bit more special with you all! You know that I am at heart a pretty thrifty shopper. When I’m asked what my favorite brands and stores are, I generally answer with “the vintage ones” and “Goodwill.” So when I was contacted by Schoola to see if I’d like to do an Earth Day post in collaboration with them, I was intrigued!
I have heard of Schoola here and there just by merit of reading other blogs, but I’d never really looked into them until they got in touch with me, and I am already in love. For one, Schoola is an online thrift store. That right there is a bonus with me — as a mom of two very young kids, and with only one car to share between my husband and I, getting out anywhere is a feat. As much as I love thrifting, it’s sometimes just too much work to get out of the house and roll through a store with both kids. So an online thrift store? Sign me up!
But what I love even more is that 40% of Schoola’s profits go to the educating children around the world. Which is awesome. Every time you or I shop Schoola items, we are directly contributing our funds towards benefiting schools in the US and the Malala Fund internationally, helping kids around the world get the education they might otherwise not be able to have.
Schoola promotes Earth Day Network, whose mission is to “broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.” And that’s a mission I can certainly get behind! (You can see more here)
As a blogger, I get a lot of emails from fashion websites whose sole purpose is to make clothing that sells quickly. I see sites promoting cheaply made, trendy garments that are going to fall apart after one or two wears, and will be quickly thrown aside for the next big trend. And most likely, these clothing items are made by people who are underpaid or via child labor, which is not okay. The more I blog, the more I get emails, and the more aware I am of how much I do not want to be a part of that.
And the kicker is, Americans waste so much. I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but in America alone, 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year. That is a huge number.
But making a difference can be as simple as taking a load to your local thrift store instead, choosing instead to purchase locally made garments, or utilizing a site like Schoola to donate your clothes. Everything on Schoola is donated — some of it brand new and from popular sites like Modcloth, which I know you guys would love! The dress I’m wearing and the top and bottoms Evie is wearing are both from Schoola, and this dress still had tags attached.
If you’re not already convinced that Schoola is pretty great, you should also know that they pay for the postage when you send in a donation bag! There is literally no cost to you to mail in a bag of clothing. To me, that’s pretty huge; I am well aware of the cost of sending packages these days, and free shipping is basically the best thing ever.
I would highly encourage you to consider donating your good-condition unwanted clothing to Schoola; I know the next time I have something that just didn’t quite work for me, it’s going to go there! It’s far easier for me to stuff a bag and toss it in the mail than it is to get a load over to Goodwill, that’s for sure!
And, while the prices are slightly higher than my beloved local thrift stores, the mission and incentive of helping kids get education is definitely worth it.
My dress and Evie’s top/pants sent free of charge from Schoola | my shoes, belt, brooch, and headscarf are vintage/thrifted | Evie’s headband and socks were a gift.
Of all the thrift sites I’ve come across, Schoola by far is my new favorite. If you want to know more about how their donations work, be sure to visit here! And, by the way, Asa’s overalls and shirt in this hiking video are also from Schoola (sent to us in the fun box of clothes they sent over!)
What changes have you made in your clothing consumption to reduce waste and fast fashion? I know I have definitely cut out purchasing clothes that I know are just trendy or cheap, and I’m more willing to pay a higher price for a well-made garment. I thrift more, I browse Etsy to support small businesses and handmade items more, and I definitely make more of my own clothing!
I want to send a huge thanks to Schoola for contacting me and making me more aware of their mission, and encouraging me to think more about the things I can do to make my wardrobe a more sustainable one! Happy Earth Day!