mend.

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.

This guide can get you started if you've never picked up a needle before. And, if you'd like, you can see more wardrobe posts, here.