Sustainable Shopping In An Unsustainable World
We are all trying to think of ways to do things better, smarter, and with less waste. No need to add guilt to all of the other emotions we are having. Luckily, there IS a way to update your wardrobe and feel that you are not harming the environment any further.
First some facts. Fashion is the 4th largest polluting industry. Factory inspections have been lacking. This is most true in places like Bangladesh. Workers are exploited and child labor practices are terrible. Buying a cheaply made garment from certain regions of the world can be contributing to carbon emissions and underpaid workers.
Now for some GOOD news. Things are getting better. More companies are being held accountable. We all want to improve things, and we can. Don’t worry, I’ve done the research for you. Having a more sustainable wardrobe does not mean that you have to throw out everything you have and start dressing like a Tibetan Monk or Bali Yoga Instructor.
1. Use your clothes – You have heard me say it time and time again. Do not save that special item for “special occasions”. We can find ways to do many things with what you have. Break up a suit and use both pieces for other things. Throw a cocktail dress over some jeans, yes, I said it. There is so much more.
2. When we clean out your closet we make sure everything is reused. I work with local charities on both coasts to donate what does not work for you anymore. Your gently worn items can be used to make someone else’s life better.
3. Re sale. This is a growing industry that is going nowhere but up. We can turn your former treasures into somebodies exciting new purchase. This is a great way to reduce waste.
4. Make conscious decisions about what you buy. Quality over quantity is one way. A great designer piece can last and eventually be resold. I still look at tags to see where things are made. It is a habit formed from years in the fashion industry. There are brands that are doing a great job with sustainability. Not all of them are right for your work wardrobe, but when incorporating items for workout and time off, we can use them. Alternative Apparel, Levis, Reformation and Patagonia are just a few eco-conscious brands.
You will continue to hear more about this topic. It can be dizzying. I am here to walk you through it. We can make you look good and do some good for the world at the same time. A win win!