So what exactly is the sustainable fashion movement?
Sustainability in fashion is not only about how long the clothes last but also about how they are made and do they have ecological integrity? Without going into long paragraphs, the fashion industry is amongst the leading industries that affect the environment negatively. Did you know that only a small percentage of clothing is recycled or reused, and large amounts of textiles and accessories end up in landfills?
I hate to break it to you but there will never be 100% sustainable fashion. Because washing your clothes alone takes its toll on the environment through the use of water, electricity, and most laundry detergents are not eco-friendly. But what can you do to help?
In this post i am listing out some ways you can help the fashion sustainability movement-
Slow fashion is where you buy quality pieces and you make them last longer. I am all about getting the most out of your clothes and buying things that will last me years. The concept of slow fashion is really something that I have always unknowingly followed. There is one thing about trends they teach you in Fashion School and that is “Most trends come back”.
I for one like to invest in clothes that match my style but also are timeless, classic, or essential. I still own clothes that were bought 12 years ago which I still quite happily wear.
Clothes Swapping is something I have recently started to do, especially for my toddler. Over the years I found that I was buying all these expensive and great-looking clothes for my daughter to find that she would grow out of them in a few wears. I won’t lie the idea of having someone else’s clothes was a bit uncomfortable at first but when I made sure I washed everything and it dawned on me that this could work. I have a little group of friends who swap kids’ clothes, also we swap our bags, accessories, dresses, and Jackets with each other. Often I stop myself from buying new accessories for a party outfit if I can borrow something from a friend.
Another way to be sustainable is by buying from charity shops. Sometimes you can find a gem of a piece for under a tenner in there. I don’t personally do this right now but I won’t shy away from it. This is quite sustainable because the pieces already exist, so you are saving the entire negative impact of production and further transport.
Anything that has 100% of the same fiber for example 100% Cotton is excellent because that can be recycled. Blended fibers are hard, not recyclable at the moment.
Recently I came across some recycled leggings and I was intrigued to know how they will fit and feel, I was so surprised that they were really good. I have been wearing them a lot at home lately and seem to have passed the durability test.
The sustainability movement has really made me a bit more conscious to look at labels and see what my clothes are made of. That along with slow fashion I am making a little bit of change to the way I shop.