Rising trend of recycled clothes

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(ABC News) – Many may have heard of Marie Kondo’s closet organization strategy, if it doesn’t bring you joy, throw it out. But that way of thinking is causing a lot of excess waste, that’s why more and more people are turning to a new clothing trend.

Nedra Pickler was overwhelmed every time she opened her stuffed closets.

“I bought an extra closet but now that I’ve embraced used clothes. This is what’s left,” said Pickler.

A black blazer, a pair of jeans, were all that was left after she purged her wardrobe. The busy working mom of two young boys now relies on clothing rental sites and online consignment shops.

Marie Kondo’s popular closet organizing method has people all over the world, but that means a lot of waste

So Nedra and millions of Americans are searching for new ways to look good and do something good for the environment.

Business is booming for rental and clothing resale businesses. Rent the Runway began as a place where women could rent formalwear for special occasions. It’s expanded into brick and mortar shops and a subscription service for every day and work wear.

For $159 you can rent designer clothes, 4 pieces at a time.

For those items you can’t rent, there are online resale shops where you can buy and sell used clothing

Pickler said when she opens her giant empty closet, she feels lighter, unburdened.

“I think this is something that has really simplified my life ironically at the same time making it look like I am trying harder,” said Pickler.

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