The Easiest Ways to Make More Sustainable Fashion Choices
Living sustainably can seem difficult if it’s never been something you did consciously. And, when it comes to sustainable fashion, some of the advice can seem daunting for a newbie.
Some people suggest ditching cheap fast fashion entirely and only purchasing clothing and accessories from sustainable sources. Often, this involves looking into how the items were made, where the raw materials were sourced and how waste is handled.
Even if you want to do better, trying to figure out all this can be difficult. If you’re willing to do the work, that’s great but there are other ways to make your clothing choices more sustainable.
As with many things, making changes is easier if you start small and make an effort where you can. So, if you want ideas for reducing your negative impact on the environment where fashion is concerned, this post is for you. I’ll share some simple tips that you can begin using right away and you can learn more and incorporate other strategies as you go on.
Take Good Care of Your Clothing
This is one of the simplest ways to keep your clothes out of the landfill. When you take proper care of your things, they’ll last longer and you won’t have to replace them as frequently. Store your clothing properly, follow the washing instructions and line-dry wherever possible. Trust me, your clothing will last a lot longer when you’re kind to it.
Buy Second-Hand Clothing or Shop Vintage Looks
As long as you don’t object to clothing that has already been worn (often just once), this is another easy way to add to your wardrobe while still living sustainably. Not only will you get gorgeous pieces for a fraction of the usual cost, but you give them a new home.
Invest in High-Quality Clothing and Accessories
If you have the cash or you’re willing to save up, choose fewer, better-quality pieces the next time you want new clothing. These pieces will last a lot longer than cheap, poorly made items. If you choose this option, try to stick to classics you’ll want to wear again and again. Buying an expensive trendy item will probably lead to regret once it goes out of style.
Swap, Sell, Donate or Reinvent Unwanted Pieces
Over time, your clothing preferences will likely change. Or maybe you’ll go up or down a few sizes. Whatever the reason, when you find that some of your clothing no longer meets your needs, resist the urge to throw it away. Donate to charity, swap with a friend, or sell it at a flea market. You can also get creative and upcycle the item or get someone to do it for you.
Organise Your Closet
I know I’ve used this as a solution to other fashion problems but I can’t stress it enough. If you can’t see the clothing you already own, you’re likely to run out and buy new pieces. Think about it. Let’s say you need a top to wear with your new skirt.
You glance into your closet and you get overwhelmed by the clutter so you don’t search too thoroughly. Instead, you head out and buy a cheap top because you don’t think you have anything suitable. If you could quickly take stock of everything you already have, this wouldn’t happen. When your closet is organised, you’ll approach it with a clear head and make better choices.
There’s a lot more that we can do but if you’re just getting started, there’s nothing wrong with starting small. Let me know in the comments if you try to make more sustainable fashion choices!