It’s easy to slip into that “fast fashion” throwaway shopping mentality so easily accessible in our world today. With the likes of Forever21 and Zara carrying fun, cute clothing that was made to be worn for just a single season then thrown out, sucking up billions of gallons of water while contributing to global warming, it’s easy to go into fashion autopilot.
As a result, is your closet filled with clothing you don’t wear, or pieces you don’t like anymore? Are you buying cheap clothing that you wear once, and then throw out?
Remember: the fashion industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions per year than the international airline and maritime shipping industry combined. Woah!
The good news is that with a sustainable fashion mindset and a commitment to ecofriendly living, you can do something about here.
Here are 5 tips for curating an ecofriendly wardrobe:
1. Recycle Clothing You Don’t Want: One of the best ways to start living a sustainable fashion life is to take the clothing you no longer want, and consider dropping it off at recycled fashion stores, like Vinnies. They will then sell your piece of clothing to someone else, extending its lifespan while providing you with compensation or credit that you can put towards a purchase.
2. Take the Time to Read About Brands: Before you buy from an apparel store or make that online purchase, take a moment to research the brand. Are they just another fast fashion concept contributing to global warming, or are they a sustainable operation that sources all materials through ecofriendly and recycled means? It should only take 5 minutes out of your day to find out!
3. Start Buying Less: We all love a little retail therapy, but shift your mindset into buying quality over quantity. A minimalist approach to your closet can provide you with more room for high fashion, collectible items, as opposed to packing it full of the fast fashion throwaways. This way, your pieces will last much longer without requiring you to re-home them or throw them out.
4. Get Creative with What You Have: Sometimes, adding a new pocket or an accessory to a piece of clothing can give it a whole new life. Try throwing on a waist belt with an old dress or jumper. Or, try sewing some fun patches and colored yarn onto your pants to give them a new accent. You can also cut off the bottom of your big t-shirts to turn them into crop-tops! Don’t give up on the clothing yet.
5. Buy Reused Clothing Only: Make it a goal of yours to source all of your clothing from stores that are selling secondhand clothing. Not only can you find original, vintage pieces for affordable rates, but you’ll also be saving the planet, too.
Here at Lulus Fashion Flair, we sell only sustainable fashion and secondhand pieces to our shoppers. If you’re ready to truly embrace ecofriendly living, we are here to help.
Frequently Asked Questions
(:1f343:) How Can I Dress Sustainably?
(:1f343:) What Clothing Brands are Ecofriendly?
(:1f343:) Which Fabrics are the Most Ecofriendly?
When purchasing clothing there are a myriad of fabric choices and choosing the most ecofriendly option can sometimes be confusing.
These are some of our preferred ecofriendly fabrics:
- Organic cotton is natural and biodegradable and no pesticides are used. The one drawback is that it uses alot of water in the growth/production process
- Tencel is made from sustainably harvested wood raw materials and requires less water than cotton. Unfortunately some chemicals are required in the production process
- Preloved/upcycled fabric is fabric that is already in the supply chain and keeps waste out landfill
(:1f343:) What is Greenwashing?
As consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of their purchases companies are using greenwashing as a marketing ploy to falsely portray their products as ecofriendly when they are not.
It is important to do your research and question claims that a product is environmentally friendly.
Here at Lulu's we choose our suppliers carefully to ensure that they meet the criteria of sustainable, earth and people friendly fashion. Hence we have a carefully curated range from truly green labels such as: