Goodbye Fast Fashion, Hello Sustainable Style: Tips for a more sustainable closet
In honour of Earth Day this past Saturday I figured a post relating to how to make your closet might be of interest! As the fashion industry becomes more aware of its emissions directly impacting climate change, there is a lot of mixed messaging coming from fashion brands that can make it pretty difficult for you to make the most sustainable decisions for your closet & your pocket. Here are some simple and actionable ways to make your closet more sustainable, without any greenwashing lol
Thrifting and buying second hand is the best way to reduce waste & extend the life cycle of clothing. It is environmentally friendly, an amazing way of showing off your unique sense of style and not to mention cheaper than buying new.
Invest in quality pieces:
Fast fashion has decimated the quality of garments these days, there’s studies that show after a number of washes items from some brand quite literally disintegrate. Invest in high quality timeless pieces that you will love for years, we see vintage pieces being so popular right now because they are quality pieces that have stood the test of time. For ethical brands, check out good on you for an evaluation of certain brands based on things like chemicals, waste & labour.
Take care of your clothes:
Proper care of good quality items will significantly extend the lifespan of your clothes. I definitely recommend finding a good alteration place, so when your clothes do start to show signs of wear and tear, bring them for repair instead of throwing them away.
Only buy things you need & will wear:
This one sounds obvious but only buy stuff you need and that you know you’ll wear. In the industry a trend you will hear alot is the 30 wears rule, which is a good benchmark, before buying anything ask yourself if you will wear it at least 30 times. If the answer is no, it’s probably not worth investing in it. By using this rule it ensures you’re not impulse buying and that you’’ actually love & wear the item you're buying.
Donate & recycle:
When it’s time to part with a piece of clothing, ask a friend if they want it, bring it to a charity shop or clothing swap. If the item is beyond repair, recycle it or offer it to someone who likes to upcycle!
These are a few simple ways to make your closet more sustainable. Climate change seems daunting but remember, every small action counts and can make a big difference in creating a more sustainable future.