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IDEAS AND TIPS TO REPLACE YOUR EVERYDAY FASHION WITH SUSTAINABLE ACTIONS
What's the Fuss with Sustainable Fashion?
We wouldn't be surprised if recently, a close friend or family told you not to shop at Forever 21 anymore. Or maybe you heard Forever 21 went bankrupt, and you discovered the concept of "Fast Fashion". Well, sustainable fashion is the opposite, and essentially defines the philosophy and practice of creating, designing, manufacturing, and selling clothing (shoes & accessories too) in an environmentally friendly way. In a nutshell, this means adopting practices that don't harm our environmental resources or the people making the clothes.
The aim should be to minimize any undesirable environmental effect of the product’s life cycle by: (a) ensuring efficient and careful use of natural resources (water, energy, land, soil, animals, plants, biodiversity, ecosystems, etc); (b) selecting renewable energy sources (wind, solar, etc) at every stage, and (c) maximizing repair, remake, reuse, and upcycling of the product and its components. In practice, this implies continuous work to improve all stages of the product’s life cycle, from design, raw material production, manufacturing, transport, storage, marketing and final sale, to use, reuse, repair, remake and recycling of the product and its components.
And, all stakeholders should work to improve present working conditions for workers on the field, in the factories, transportation chain, and stores, by aligning with good ethics, best practices and international codes of conduct. In addition, fashion companies should contribute to encourage more sustainable consumption patterns, caring and washing practices, and overall attitudes to fashion.
Savvy tips you should know
Shopping for fun and with purpose goes hand in hand and can save you money. Buy a piece that will last either for yourself or even long enough to resell. Hit up amazing upcycling businesses like Swap Society or Threds Up. These purpose driven companies make buying secondhand clothing as fun as scavenger hunts!
Tips & Tricks
Shopping for fun and with purpose goes hand in hand, and can save you money. Buy a piece that will last either for yourself or even long enough to resell. Hit up amazing upcycling businesses like Swap Society or Threds Up. These purpose driven companies make buying second hand clothing as fun as scavenger hunts!
What's Important now?
Did you know buying from vintage shops or online markets means you directly help eliminate a portion of the 100 billion pieces of clothing that gets thrown in our landfills every year. Yes, you read that, 100 billion pieces of clothing are dumped, and if all stacked together, would be the height of a small mountain. And, we're gonna get a little gross here, any residues or small fabrics or buttons that gets washed away, ends up down our waterways, rivers, streams, and gulp, oceans as scrap and plastic pollution.
(1) Seek out old companies who are changing their sustainability DNA, like Levi's Jeans who have become game changers in the apparel industry because of their 10+ years working on improving the sustainable life cycle of one pair of jeans, reducing water waste, carbon emissions, and putting out eye popping Sustainability Goals. (2) Consistently check where you're clothes are made from. (3) Start understanding the fabric materials and what it means. (4) See how much energy is used to make one polyester tee and one organic cotton tee.