Creating an ethical and sustainable wardrobe can be daunting. Many factors go into making the transition towards eco-friendliness, such as not being able to wear the same brands you’re used to, limiting your options, and spending a little more than you usually would.
Despite the various concerns that people have about a sustainable lifestyle, it’s still not as hard as it sounds! We’ve collected three easy-to-follow steps to help you create a more sustainable wardrobe. Let’s get started.
Getting started with a more sustainable lifestyle can be challenging, as it involves finding the right resources and shopping at the right places. Fortunately, with so many brands focusing on sustainable practices, it’s now easier than ever to start.
According to Amy Powney, the creative director of Mother of Pearl, it’s important to do your homework. In addition to conducting some research, she suggests asking questions to ensure that the brand you’re buying from is aligned with your values. Social media is a great way to speak directly with the companies you’re interested in and can quickly reveal their operations.
After conducting a bit of research, you’ll be able to find a few brands that you love. After a while, you’ll have a good idea of which labels to choose from as your knowledge grows.
For years, the 30-wear test has been the benchmark for many looking to buy something that lasts. In 2015, Lucy Seigle and Livia Firth of Eco-Age challenged shoppers to consider whether they would wear the same piece 30 times before buying. With more people becoming conscious of sustainability, it’s now more important than ever to consider the 30-wear test as a starting point.
Due to the increasing number of people aware of the environmental issues surrounding fashion, the 30 wears rule seems a little dated. Instead, we should be planning to buy pieces that will last a lifetime. Livia Firth added that the fashion landscape back then was very different, as there weren’t many companies doing sustainable work.
Investing in something that will last a lifetime will allow you to wear it multiple times without worrying that it will suddenly become out of fashion. Instead of investing in one particular piece, try investing in versatile pieces that can be used in different ways.
Change Your Perspective on ShoppingWhile shopping is exciting, it’s also important to remember that buying new doesn’t necessarily mean that an item must be brand new. Instead, it’s great to try renting or buying vintage pieces. Repurposing sites are great options for finding pieces made from unique and eco-friendly materials.
With over 300,000 tonnes of clothes thrown away each year, reusing is a huge step toward making a more sustainable lifestyle.
The concept of the circular economy is a framework that aims to reduce waste and make the most of resources. It challenges the conventional fashion industry’s linear production line, which ends with the clothes being thrown away in landfills. By using platforms that bank on repurposing instead of buying new clothes, you can help keep the planet clean.
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