Fashion should be fun, but also… smart. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 17 quick fashion tips for an environmentally smart wardrobe.
Start shopping smart
Calm down, you can continue shopping fashion, but you can easily shop smarter. Shopping clothes that you can wear for a long time, both in terms of trend, but also in quality.
There is nothing so fashionable, liberating and environmentally smart as finding unique garments, well-tailored garments that seem to be custom made for you. Newly-made garments can rarely get in on all the critics – phenomenal fit, unique design, high quality, and a great prize. But vintage cane. In addition: The production is already done, the transport as well and the chemicals are washed out. You also get all this environmentally friendly, health-giving service for a mock stealer of the original price.
Tailor your old clothes
Do you have garments that you have loved to tear? Hire a seamstress who can sew up exact replicas of your favorite dress, dream gown or that look that never seems to be in your exact measurements out in the store. It is well-invested money because the garments will suit you perfectly.
Are you not 100% sure of a purchase. Don’t buy. The risk is that you will never use it.
Shop a few quality garments instead of many low-quality ones
Look past and resist the forces of commerce that want you to buy more than you need. Be smarter than that. Longing and then investing in a long-lasting suction garment (preferably durable and manufactured with little environmental impact) instead of strolling tricycle volumes of wear-and-tear on the way home. Can’t bring home bags of anxiety, bring home a cloth bag filled with fashion joy instead. Fashion should be fun, not a mountain of textiles that eat up the space in your wardrobe.
We buy a lot of clothing that, on the to its final destination have been treated many times in chemicals and passed on to producers who make the material with their lives (and the environment) as an input. Clothes caressed by low-paid women’s hand and then taken four turns around the globe in airplanes. Our luxury is many times the downfall of others. Become a conscious and stand up for your fellow human beings. Buy organic, non-toxic, conscious and preferably locally produced.
Priming and supporting the companies that are investing in the environment and are at the forefront of a sustainable fashion industry (but: Be critical. Many people would like to be part of the horribly trendy sustainability wave and take the plunge to appear more environmentally smart than they really are.
Shop with your heart
Support companies that take social responsibility for their production. For example, love brands whose production has been placed on women’s collective which seems to make women financially independent (by someone else).
Join in and influence fashion. Ask if the garment or accessories are sustainably produced, if there is any sustainable thought with the collection or if the stock is degradable. Do so with a nice, interested tone in order to encourage them rather than accuse them. And allow those companies that are actually working with the environment to shine for a few minutes.
Your own style
Don’t follow trends – be inspired by them! With your own style you are always timeless and your wardrobe as well. Ignore what others think – drive your gear.
Stop with polyester
Take a look at the washcloth before you pull out the swishingly hot credit card. Rather focus on a natural material (which is degradable) such as flax, wool, and hemp than synthetic materials such as polyester, acrylic, fleece, elastane containing (cancerogenic) chemicals and solvents. In addition, the garments release plastic particles into the water every time you wash them.
Cotton isn’t always good…
Producing cotton garments requires huge amounts of water and often production is in countries where they suffer from a lack of clean water.
Look at the labels
Sustainable shopping is not always straightforward but look for labels such as Good Environmental Choice, and so on.
Take away the summer garments from your wardrobe and rediscover all the goodies that are hidden in your closet that you have forgotten that you had.
Clean out clothes at regular intervals and donate to charities. Garments that are broken can be returned to textile recycling. Some clothing companies incorporate old textiles that they reuse in their production (instead of producing new materials).
Don’t always buy new
Do you always have to buy new clothes?
Take a look at various secondhand sites and boutiques before you buy something new.
Wear fashion as a statement. You save 97 percent energy by buying second hand. Don’t be shy about singing out your brilliance.