Rethinking our attitudes towards fashion and how we consume can be daunting, but every little action helps our planet now and for future generations.
Crazy enough, the fashion industry is the second-largest polluter, just after the oil industry. 800 billion garments are produced every year, 400% more than we did 20 years ago. The fashion industry is having a negative impact on our resources, forests, oceans, and planet. We can make conscious decisions when thinking about and buying clothes that can save our planet.
We’ve put together 8 simple tips we can all start taking to live more sustainably and eco-friendly!
8 tips to step up your sustainability game!
1. Change our attitude towards clothing.
We have all said “I have nothing to wear!” with a closet of clothes, this feeling that we want and need to buy new things is strong - but we have to fight it. We are targeted by marketers with shiny new toys that we feel we need to add to our wardrobe. Staying informed on the impact of fast fashion, recognising when a company is greenwashing, and simply facing the urge to buy will save the bank and the planet.
2. Never throw clothes in the bin.
When we throw clothes away, they end up in a landfill. If you don’t want to wear something, it might make someone else happy! Snap a pic and send it to friends, family, neighbours to see if they want it. If not, donate to a local charity, shelter, thrift shops and research organisations in your community that accept clothes. You’re helping the planet and others.
3. Repair and alter clothes already in your wardrobe.
There are Youtube videos for everything now! Sew a button back on, repair a zipper, add some new elements, shorten the hem - fall back in love with the piece. You can also go to your local tailor and have them lend a hand.
4. Lend or borrow clothes with friends.
To avoid buying new clothes, call a friend to borrow something to wear! Set up a clothing swap with a group of friends and find new items for no cost.
5. Shop second-hand.
Thrifting is fun and super trendy. Not only you’ll be supporting local shops and the planet but find some brand new clothes and hidden gems. There are online thrifting platforms like Poshmark and Depop that make it easy to find clothes in your size or your favourite designers and connect with fashionistas around the world.
6. Our closets are already sustainable!
Such a simple yet effective way to live more eco-friendly is to wear what you already have. Seems like a no-brainer. Mix and match patterns, colours, layer pieces - have some fun with it and try something new!
7. Read the label.
When you do shop, pay attention to the fabric. Avoid plastic-filled fabrics like acrylic, polyester, nylon, elastane, polyamide and polyurethane. Instead, look for organic materials or recycled fabrics.
8. Ask questions!
Greenwashing is a big issue. Brands may say that they’re eco-friendly but actually aren’t. Research which brands you support and see if they are truly sustainable and have an ethical supply chain. More and more brands are increasing transparency and will list their fabrics and practices on their website, and if they don’t ask!
Check out these organisations spreading the word about sustainable and slow fashion!
Fashion Revolution - https://www.fashionrevolution.org/
Remake our World - https://remake.world/
Clean Clothes - https://cleanclothes.org/
Slow Fashion Movement - https://www.slowfashion.global/
Centre for Slow Fashion - https://www.sustainable-fashion.com/
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