Did you know that the fashion industry has a huge impact on the environment? Because it is Earth Day in April 22, I decided to write 4 ways you can be more sustainable with fashion.
The World Resources Institution predicts consumption will only increase as fast fashion continues to produce low-cost pieces. With the demand for fast fashion growing, I am worried about the future of the fashion industry.
I have to say, being a consumer of fast fashion is hard for me. My wallet can only invest so much. As a blogger displaying new pieces every week for my audience, the facts are incredibly hard to accept.
However, while I continue to educate myself about the contributors of Global Warming, I plan to replace some of my current habits with sustainable ones.
However, we all must have patience with ourselves and others when trying to be better people in this world. I think the all-or-nothing mentality is not healthy. Though I admire people for their determination, I have to say that it is unrealistic to expect perfection.
Based on what I have recently learned, below are 4 ways you can be more sustainable with fashion.
All information in graphics are from World Resources Institution.
I got into thrifting kicking and screaming. I thought I was above buying used clothing. I imagined the selection to be worn, tired, and ratty. Little did I know, that you could find great-quality clothing!
My hate for buying workwear was bigger than my distaste for thrifting. I only wanted to invest in trends and styles that inspired me. Conservative blouses, trousers, and cardigans made me frown – until I started thrifting.
Now I like to go to Goodwill every month to see a refreshed selection without spending all my hard-working money.
Thrifting is great for the environment because you are increasing the longevity of an already consumed piece. With fast fashion adding to the pile of waste on the planet, recycling clothing is a great way to reduce waste. Plus, you cannot beat those price tags!
Swap or Donate
Donating clothes you no longer wear is a rewarding way to give back to the community and provide another chance for that piece of clothing to live another life.
For example, if you donate a Banana Republic blouse you are tired of or never wear, you are giving access to those that can’t afford it to begin with; and more importantly, you are helping to reduce waste!
Another fun way to repurpose clothing is by hosting or participating in swapping parties. I did this once, and I loved it especially since my girlfriends take good care of their clothing and have similar taste.
The idea of a swap party is to shop without spending a dime. You essentially grab items you don’t want and bring them to the party. At the party, you draw numbers and each person gets a turn choosing an item they want. Like the Dirty Santa game for Christmas, you can steal items back that you had your eye on.
Swapping parties are a great way to save money with friends which can be an absolute blast – especially with booze!
Invest in High-Quality Staples
There is a reason luxury brands have items with a hefty price tag. It is because their products are made with precision, care, and with durable fabrics.
With quality guaranteed, the luxury pieces will last for the long-haul versus just a season. This year, I want to invest in a really warm, well-made peacoat with a hood so that I can have it for seasons and years to come.
However, just because you cannot afford to buy $1,000 coats (I cannot either) doesn’t mean you are out of the sustainability game. No matter the cost, aim for items that are durable and will stay with you in the long haul!
The goal is to wear your clothes until you cannot anymore. A tip is to invest in more monotone-color items that do not belong in a particular strain of time.
Basic, non-trendy items will never go out of style and makes it much more wearable every year. Plus, if you do invest in luxury items, those pieces are a great way to elevate your outfit without much effort.
Support Environmentally-Conscious brands
From gluten-free and vegan options to brands like H&M creating a sustainability collection, the cause and effect theory is clear. When people demand something, businesses will listen.
By 2050, the fashion industry may account for a quarter of the world’s carbon footprint. The more we support and invest in brands that care about the environment and are more socially conscious, the more the market will shift their focus.
Below are affordable brands that strive to be ethical:
- Body Engineers
- Alternative Apparel
- Outdoor Voices
- Thought Clothing
I hope these 4 ways you can be more sustainable with fashion inspires you to make a change in your purchasing decisions this year. I know that habits die hard but if we can all be more aware of the decisions available and plan ahead, we can make a difference.