We have many options outside of fast fashion, and it’s possible to find stylish, affordable, and ethical clothing if you just know where to look. These are some ways to make your style more sustainable.
1. Buy Less
Don’t buy something unless you truly need it. Most of us are guilty of buying more things than we need. Instead, try and extend the life of the clothing you have already. Wash your clothing less and according to the label. This not only reduces your carbon footprint but washing your clothes less will also make them last longer. You can also get a small sewing kit to use for mending holes and buttons. By mending your clothes when they’re damaged, you can prolong their lifetime and reduce the amount of clothing being sent to landfills. Mix and match your garments to create new styles and learn to love your clothes, even if you have had them for a long time.
2. Shop Thrift
With fast fashion seasons now changing every single week, new garments are being produced far too often. Ditch fast fashion like it was last week’s trend and start shopping thrift! Shopping thrift is the best way to reduce your clothing footprint. It is a great way to find high-quality, unique garments at a fraction of the price of buying new ones. When shopping thrift make a list of what you are looking for before you go to help get organized. Look for staple and layering pieces when you shop. When you buy something, try to picture how often you’ll wear it. If it can be worn often, in multiple ways, and with different outfits, it’s worth buying.
3. Buy Sustainable
Research and buy from eco-fashion companies that are pursuing the production of clothing with more environmentally friendly methods. Examples of this are companies that are attempting to be more sustainable and make use of materials that are recycled. Buying from local small brands that focus on creating a culture of sustainability by producing less from the onset. They use strategies like producing made-to-order, so they are not making more than what is sold to create less waste. They also design clothing to be of the highest quality, ensuring durability and longevity, so clothes last a long time in your wardrobe. Some places will even repair your clothing so that you may keep it longer. Look at OUR LIST of sustainable fashion brands in India.
When you donate your clothes, you’re helping to divert tens of thousands of pounds of clothing from the landfill.
5. Make New and Mend
Even if you’re never going to start making dresses from scratch, you can expand your wardrobe horizons with little more than a YouTube tutorial and a hotel sewing kit. Clothes are sometimes abandoned for the tiniest of reasons, such as an awkward neckline or a scratchy label, so don’t be afraid to get the scissors out. Learn a few basic skills and you can replace buttons and zips, turn up dragging hems, patch up the worn-out crotch of your best-loved jeans and alter secondhand finds to fit you perfectly.
6. Get Reading, and Listening!
There’s plenty of documentaries, podcasts, and books out there that can enlighten you on all things sustainable fashion. The True Cost and Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act episode about fast fashion makes for a good start.
7. Start Conversations with Family and Friends.
It’s always easier to start a new journey with a close friend or family member. Keep each other accountable, and encourage your peers to assess their bi-monthly mega fast-fashion hauls.
These are just some of the ways to make a difference in your style and continue exploring different ways to change your lifestyle into an eco-friendly one.
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