Here’s Why I Think Recycling Clothes is Biblical

As this semester comes to a close, I’m finally finding some time to catch up on the blog! Life is so hectic and as much as I love writing and blogging, sometimes it’s best if I just put away the technology and make the most of the day with my hubby! Ya feel?

But, all of that being said, after a week of rest I’m back! And I am so excited for the three-day series I’ll be posting this week, all about consigning, donating, and selling my clothes! To launch this little mini-series, today I’m sharing why I think recycling clothes is Biblical.

I have been wearing hand-me-downs and consignment store finds since I was a wee-little one. I have three younger siblings, so we were always passing down clothes and of course, my mom never wanted to spend too much on clothes that we would just dirty up.

It wasn’t until high school that I really appreciated a good buy. (P.S.- I’ll be sharing my favorite places to shop later this week.) And now that I’m newly married and a full-time student, I truly understand that “a penny saved is a penny earned.”

But for me, recycling… or rather, UPcycling clothing is so much more than that. Earth Day was yesterday, reminding each of us of the wonder of God’s creation. He spoke the world into motion and I truly believe that as His stewards, we should do our part to be kind to His earth.

The Word is full of scripture affirming minimal living, donating clothing, and even recycling! Here are some refrences I am quick to turn to:

Donating Clothing:

In the book of Matthew, Jesus speaks about the day of Judgement. He shares the following:

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 25: 34-40

In Luke, John the Baptist preaches to a crowd. The crowd asks John the Baptist, “What can we do to flee from the coming wrath?” John replies:

 

11  “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”

Luke 3:11

Recycling:

This beautiful Pslam of David is one of worship, praising the Lord for His beautiful creation.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.

They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, God of Jacob.

Psalm 24: 1-6

There are so many areas in my life where I am working hard to look more like Christ. An easy place to start is my closet. Am I living humbling? Am I being a good steward of the provisions the Lord has blessed me with? How am I serving and blessing others?  A simple way to worship our Creator is to take care of His creation by recycling and donating. So excited to share how I have made a habit of this over the next few days!

Happily,

Katherine