Sustainable Fashion - Tips and Tricks!
Sustainable fashion has become somewhat of a buzzword recently. With an abundance of youtubers and fashion magazines suddenly turning to sustainability, I’m here to break down why sustainable fashion is important and the changes you can make to contribute, as well as ways to educate yourself on the companies that are ruining the planet.
Why is sustainable fashion important?
In our culture of fast fashion, we can get clothes at the click of a button. The accessibility of fashion has turned into a culture of constantly wanting to buy whatever is newly on trend. Despite this, the fashion industry is killing the planet. Around the world, hundreds upon hundreds of factories are using synthetic dyes and materials that are polluting the water and creating carbon dioxide. They’re also exploiting the people who work for them by not paying them enough to support themselves and their families. There are a few simple changes you can make which means the companies you buy from won’t destroy the planet (and they don’t cost you any more money than your typical shops either).
Resources to use
If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of your favourite brands, you can download the app Good on You, which breaks down each shop and tells you how ethical it is. It’s also a great resource to give you other options of where to shop. Another great resource is this documentary on BBC iplayer titled ‘The Price of Fast Fashion’ as well this youtube video which discusses the impact of cotton. This really opened my eyes to the effect the fashion industry is having on the planet and the ways which we can help by making some smalls changes about where and how we shop. Finally, Shoptagr is a great way to reduce the amount you shop. It’s an extension you can add to chrome, as well as an app you can download on your phone which allows you to save items and then alerts you when things go on sale. This really helps to stop you impulse buying clothes, and instead allows you to keep clothes saved, allowing you to think if you really want it. A minimalist tip I’ve often seen thrown around is to wait 30 days between seeing a product you like and buying it so that you know you definitely want it, and this app is a great way to do this. It’s also great at alerting you when things go on sale, so it saves you money too!
Changes to make
Reduce your shopping - As someone into fashion, I’m not going to tell you to stop shopping completely, but reducing how much you shop will have a huge impact on the amount of waste you produce from fashion. Consider buying one (more) expensive piece a month that can last you for years instead of five fast fashion pieces that you’ll only wear once. Trends are cool to keep up with, and buying a few trendy pieces every now and again isn’t a huge issue, but just limit the amount you buy. The reason a lot of ethical fashion brands can be expensive is because their pieces are made to last you a long time, not to be thrown out after a few months.
Donating/ selling - Okay so maybe you have a few pieces that don’t fit anymore, or just aren’t your style, instead of throwing them away try donating or selling them instead (you might even make some money back!).
Second hand/ vintage shopping - An oldie but a goodie, vintage shopping has been around for ages and can hold some hidden gems if you look hard enough. Try vintage shopping if you still feel that impulse to buy every time you go out.
Hopefully this article has made you think about your clothing choices. Even if you can only make one or two small changes to your shopping habits then you can make a huge difference on the impact the fashion industry has on our environment. Sustainable fashion doesn’t need to be expensive, and by using these tips you can contribute to limiting the amount of clothes that end up in landfill, as well as shopping smarter so that all your clothes are produced more sustainability. I’ll be writing more articles in the future talking about my favourite sustainable brands that I use to try and make my clothing more conscious.