MONTVILLE, NJ - At the Montville Believe, Inspire, Grow (B.I.G.) meeting in April, members learned ways to de-clutter their closets and streamline their lives while being mindful about fashion's impact on the environment. 
Betsy Ames, Founder of Mindful Style, discussed her role as a “closet curator” who comes into your home, looks into your closet and helps to pare down your wardrobe while creating stylish outfits with clothes you already have and supplementing your wardrobe with classic pieces from retail companies that are conscious of their social and environmental impact.

"What I love about your message is that it invites us to take a journey towards sustainability," DreamBuilder Coach Amy Minkoff said as she listened to Ames speak. "Thank you for giving us permission to be real about our thoughts on shopping."

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Ames explained her mission is to help her clients move from "fast fashion," where products tend to be "trendy, cheap and disposable" to "slow fashion" featuring clothing that is long lasting and makes a statement about their individuality and style sense. 

Ames provided some statistics about the fashion industry to highlight her focus on sustainability: 
  • According to the Danish Fashion Institute, fashion is the world's 2nd most polluting industry, second only to oil. 
  • 1,800 gallons of water are used to grow the cotton needed to manufacture one pair of jeans.

"Your talk is one of the best talks I've heard," Wealth Director Carolyn Simon said. "I think that more 18-25 year olds need to hear this."

The Montville B.I.G. members generally meet on the first Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Montville Inn (167 Main Road). For more information about Montville B.I.G., contact Aimee Schenkel at 
About B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow) (
Believe, Inspire, Grow offers a visionary path for women entrepreneurs. It is a rapidly growing business support, education and networking organization for women. B.I.G. is comprised of a large community of more than 1,500 intelligent, creative and entrepreneurial women who want to share their business ideas and build upon their professional dreams. The organization offers more than 50 local community meetings each month across five states, ongoing regional networking events, as well as an interactive and informative website.