The way we shop is becoming ever-more important. The conversation surrounding our impact on the planet is more poignant than ever. However, that’s not to say you can’t enjoy the things you love, including your fashion buys.
Fashion has always been a way to express yourself and showcase your individual style. But as we know, fast fashion is taking its toll on communities and the environment. So how do we start making changes for the better?
There are a few simple ways to make more sustainable and eco-friendly fashion choices, take a look at how below:
Build a capsule wardrobe
If you’ve ever stood in front of your wardrobe staring at masses of clothes and still thought I have nothing to wear, then it’s time to declutter. You don’t need hundreds of items to create your style, and you will have probably bought into trends you’d never normally wear. So, it’s a great time to consider creating a capsule wardrobe.
These are items that can be dressed up or down for a number of occasions. You may already have some pieces that are versatile and can be worn with most things. To get some ideas for your capsule closet, take a look at this article for inspiration.
Think about where you shop
One of the most effective ways to make a change is to adjust your purchasing habits. This can be tricky to do when huge discounts and cheap fashion is always promoted. However, researching brands that support sustainable shopping habits is beneficial for you and the planet.
There are lots of fashion brands making waves in the sustainable clothing sector, and other companies are making changes by using sustainable packaging, natural materials and recycling schemes.
By spending money with brands that care, you will help to spearhead change across the fashion industry.
Be a proud outfit repeater
Another way to get more out of your clothing is simply to wear it more. That might sound obvious, but if you take a look in your wardrobe, there is often a range of items that have only been worn a few times, or still have the labels attached! Before heading out and buying new clothes, think about ways you could shop your current wardrobe to get the most out of everything you already have.
We’ve all heard the crazy figures (WRAP UK estimated around £140 million) of clothing that goes into landfill each year. So before you decide to have a clear-out and throw anything out – think about whether it can be recycled. Most items can go to local charity shops or recycling centres. Plus, you could also list items on Depop or eBay to get a few quid back. Sometimes it feels easier just to throw things out, but in reality, this is harming the planet and society as you don’t know where your clothing might end up!
These are just a few of the ways that you can make changes to your shopping habits to help reduce your impact on the planet. There’s never been a better time to start loving the clothes you already have and finding fun ways to incorporate sustainable practices into everyday life.