The fashion industry is one of the worst pollutants of the environment. I’m aware of it, and as a fashion blogger, I must admit that I feel quite guilty at times for shopping at fast fashion stores and promoting it. For this reason, I’ve put together a few simple tips for those of you who are interested in being more eco-friendly but are not ready to become fully sustainable. So, let’s get into it!
Wear Your Clothes as Long as You Can
Although it does matter where you buy your clothes, what’s even more important is how long you wear them. Of course, if you purchase your clothes at good quality, perhaps even designer stores, you will be more likely to wear these items for longer than if you bought them from fast fashion retailers. My point is, wear your clothes as long as you can.
Take a Good Care of Your Clothes
I could write a whole blog post just about taking proper care of your clothes. So, in a nutshell, wash dark, light and colourful item separately. Don’t wash them at high temperatures. Let your clothes fully dry before returning them to the closet. There are countless articles and blog posts dedicated to taking care of clothes on the internet.
Invest in Basics and Staples
Basics and staples vary from person to person. For example, I can live without a simple pair of blue jeans, but I will always need a black roll neck top in my wardrobe. A long checkered coat might be a winter staple for someone, but for me, it’s a fur jacket. Whatever it is you love wearing, invest in a good quality piece, and take good care of it.
Sell, Gift or Donate Your Old Clothes
What if you no longer like some of your clothing items? Well, there’s no need to throw them in the bin. You can sell them on eBay, Depot, Vinted, Mecari or any website dedicated to selling old stuff. You can make some money in the process as well. You can also give them to your friends or family members. Another option is to donate them to your local charity shop.
Reuse Your Unwearable Clothes
What to do with your old clothes that’s no longer wearable? No need to throw them in the bin either! There are countless ways to reuse your old clothes. You can, for example, take a sewing machine and transform them into something new. If you’ re like me, and you’re not really into DIY, then that’s perhaps not an option for you. However, you can always grab a pair of scissors and cut old clothes into wiping cloths, for pillow fillings, or use it for your pet’s bed. I, for example, don’t have any pyjamas. I just use my old t-shirts.
Shop for Vintage or Second Hand Clothing
Sustainable clothing can be rather expensive. These clothes are usually made of natural textiles such as wool or linen, as opposed to your usual polyester, which is made of plastic. But I understand that not everyone can afford eco-friendly clothes. So, since you can sell your old clothes online or donate to charity shops, why not to buy your new clothes there as well? A lot of the time, it’s way cheaper, and you can find unique pieces nobody else owns. Here’s my Vinted if you’re interested. Similarly, you can start shopping for vintage pieces. You can find vintage designer clothes for a lot less and help the planet in the process.
Don’t Follow Trends
And my last, but certainly not the least tip is not to buy clothes just because they are currently “in”. If you love it and you know you will wear the item for a long time, then why not. But if you know you will ditch it by the end of the season, spare yourself the money. I don’t write posts such as “10 Coats You Will Need in Your Wardrobe This Winter” for a good reason. Simply because you don’t need them.
And these are all the tips I have for you. Of course, sustainable clothing is about shopping less and wearing your clothes for as long as you can. I just want to point out that there is much more that goes into the problematic of fast fashion beyond the ecological unsustainability. However, this blog post is written from an environmental and eco-friendly point of view.
I hope you enjoyed this post and perhaps found it helpful.
See you soon!
xoxo, S. V.