Sustainable fashion has been a hot topic for the past few years. The fashion industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters, due to constant manufacturing using high amounts of water, energy, and toxic chemicals/dyes. Luckily, more and more fashion brands are starting to take action. And so can you! Learn how to do your part by following the tips below.
Don’t feel bad about your previous purchases.
You don’t need to start from a clean slate. Even if you’re guilty of shopping at fast fashion shops, doing a massive purge would just be wasteful. Hold on to the clothes you love and give them a good, long life.
Research sustainable brands.
Start looking for new, more eco-friendly brands for future purchases. That being said, shop smart. Try to avoid impulse purchases or any trendy items you aren’t sure you’ll wear for a long time. Before buying, ask yourself if you would still wear the item in 5 years time. If the answer is no, put it back.
Buy sustainable fabrics.
Not every fabric is made equal. Look for fabrics that are ethically sourced and whose production is gentler on the environment. Some good fabrics to choose are organic cotton, hemp, linen, tencel, econyl, and wool. Also anything recycled or upcycled, including synthetics. Many people think that synthetic fabrics are bad because they aren’t natural, but recycled polyester would be a better choice than non-organic cotton.
Continuing the life cycle of an item of clothing is better than going for a brand-new piece. Besides, vintage pieces are more unique and often cheaper than new products. If you have sewing skills and can remake clothes, even better!
Recycle, resell, or donate your old clothes.
Sometimes you need to purge your wardrobe, and that’s ok. Just make sure your textiles aren’t going in the garbage bin! If your clothing is still in good condition, try reselling it or donating it to a thrift shop. If it’s too worn, the fabric can still be recycled. Many stores are starting to offer clothing recycling programs that make it really easy, and you often get a discount voucher in return.
Remember, as a consumer you have the purchasing power. If more people start to shop sustainably, brands will follow suit and create sustainably too.