I strive to be a good steward of my objects. After making an effort to give away items that I don't use or need, what's left are things that I love and hope to keep for years. Taking good care of them ensures that they'll last as long as possible--meaning that I don't have to spend time shopping for replacements, which has become an increasingly dreaded chore.
And so, when my clothing is ripped, I mend it. The jeans above I've had for five years, and when they ripped last year I kept wearing them. Yesterday, I grabbed a needle and thread to keep the tear from widening. Two minutes later, the jeans were on and I was ready to go for the day. I've patched socks, fixed moth holes, mended sweaters, sewn together tiny holes in t-shirts. Though part of being sustainable surely means owning less, another part is taking good care of what you do have.