I’ll admit I have really not been the best at sustainable fashion. Loving clothes means you love changing outfits and therefore buy a lot clothes. High street brands that are very inexpensive are so attractive for trendy items that won’t last long. However, it is not particularly great for the planet.
I am not saying to give up on fashion and loving clothes, I know I am certainly not going to do that but here are little steps that you can take to reduce your impact with your clothes and be more sustainable.
BUYING SECOND HAND
Vintage is no longer for hipsters only, it is actually very on trend now. I’ve been loving buying pre-owned pieces which is good for sustainable fashion. I just came back from LA and had a lot of fun thrifting there as they have so many cool shops. Switzerland is definitely not the best at second hand shops but there are plenty of websites online (list below). You can also check out my post on “Tips for online shopping”.
It’s really fun because you have to be a little more creative while shopping and knowing the items have had a life before you is quite cool. You can also find amazing pieces from designers at very good value and the big plus is the items are probably unique. You won’t bump into someone with the same coat as you which happens when shopping at places like Zara.
For the clothes that you don’t wear anymore and that are taking space in your closet and mind, you should donate them to a charity or women’s shelter. There is no point holding on to stuff that are not going to be worn and could make someone else happy. A lot of places offer collection from your home so you don’t even have to go anywhere. The clothes will also get a second life and probably be much appreciated.
Same concept as donating but if you have pieces that are quality or designer, you might try selling them on depop or eBay. Not only might it make the person who buys it really happy, it will make you some money.
This probably the biggest step and is definitely the hardest one for me. Buying less does not mean not buying any new clothes at all but consciously trying to reduce as much as possible. Personally, I think the best way to go about this is to buy quality over quantity, especially when it comes to basics. Cheap brands are designed to fall apart after a while so that you are obliged to buy more. I know that for this winter, I am going to try to buy a good quality sweaters that I can reuse the years after and that won’t fall apart in the wash and then buy a few cheap “on trend” pieces. Also it is good to really think about the items that you buy, if you really like it and see yourself wearing it several times. Often, I find myself buying things on a whim and getting rid of them with a tag still on them.
Look at where you buy your clothes. Many brands are guilty of greenwashing when they are not sustainable at all. Pick smaller designers that don’t mass produce and have good ethics.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR CLOTHES
Try to look after your clothes, especially those basics that you invested a little bit more money in. Look at their washing instructions to make sure that they will be in top conditions even after a few years.
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