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If we have any hope of a thriving planet—much less a business—it is going to take all of us doing what we can with the resources we have. This is what we can do.

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Haunted by Unwanted Clothes

Sarah Mirk  /  Nov 10, 2020  /  3 Min Read  /  Worn Wear

Why is it so hard to get rid of used clothes in an ethical way?

“Why is my life a literal pile of garbage laundry?” Illustration: Sarah Mirk

With the rest of the world spiraling into chaos, organizing my closet suddenly became a soothing Saturday night activity. It felt good to sort through all the clothes in my life and admit how many I never wear. But when it came time to actually let go of those clothes, I had a problem. Not only was it often emotionally difficult to say goodbye to old clothes, it was also a challenge to find ethical ways to get rid of used clothes. Advertising encourages us to constantly update our look with new outfits, but millions of pounds of clothes wind up chucked in the garbage every year. I drew this comic documenting my journey of trying to find the right home for my large pile of cast-off clothes.

All illustrations by Sarah Mirk.

Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes
Haunted by Unwanted Clothes

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