Are you looking for ways to make your wardrobe more sustainable? For any hard-core fashionista who is also passionate about doing her bit for saving the planet, one of the toughest challenges is making your wardrobe more sustainable. We love fashion, and we love owning lots and lots clothes, but we also love the earth and want to do everything we can to preserve its health. Thanks to the recent emergence and increasing availability of ‘fast fashion’, the clothing industry stands in second place as the world’s largest polluter, only behind the fossil fuel industry! If you love clothes but are looking for some way to be more sustainable and environmentally-friendly in your passion, then here are a few ways to make your wardrobe more sustainable.
1. Buy Second Hand
Shopping in thrift stores is one of the best ways to make your wardrobe more sustainable. You don’t have to have an outfit completely newly manufactured for it to be amazing. There are a plethora of treasures to be found at the second-hand market, and it’s a simple way to reduce your own clothing footprint. And you never know, you could stand to save a few pennies with great deals on vintage and pre-loved pieces!
2. Capsule Wardrobe
A capsule wardrobe is built up from 30 to 35 quality pieces of clothing that you commit to wearing exclusively, and limiting yourself to just a few great outfits can really help to curb your buying habit. It encourages you to only pick the necessities when you are shopping because if you are adding something new to the capsule, you have to take something else out!
3. Ethical Clothing
When you are splashing out and buying new clothes, make the effort to seek pieces that have been ethically produced. Take notice of where it was made, how many carbon miles it would have taken to get to you, whether its price fairly reflects the quality of the manufacturer. All of these things matter, because the cheaper a garment is, the more likely it is that you are going to have to replace it more frequently.
4. Be Sensible
Only build a wardrobe with a number and style of clothes that you know you are going to wear. Get out of the habit of buying things because they are on sale or are unusual when you know full well that they are going to sit in your closet untouched forever. You should only ever be buying garments when you really need them, either to replace old ones or for a particularly special occasion.
5. Learn to Sew
Something as simple as learning to sew can really help you in your efforts to live a more sustainable fashion life. Being able to fix something rather than having to buy a whole new garment can really reduce your footprint, and can also help to keep a few more pennies in your pocket!
6. Hang Dry
Modern conveniences have led us to use a dryer for every single load of laundry we do, but make the effort to hang dry your clothes more often. Not only does it maintain the integrity of the material for longer, but it also is a much more planet-friendly alternative. Plus fresh air smells much nicer than any man-made conditioner which only increases your carbon footprint anyway.