If you have been following Palace of Bliss for a while, you know that I am trying to inform you about the issues in the clothing industry. I also show you what goes well in the clothing industry, which brands are fair, and which materials are sustainable. Despite the fact that there are many good initiatives, unfortunately, there is also a lot of wrong in the clothing industry. To give you an impression of what exactly is wrong, I have listed the five biggest issues in the fashion industry for you. CONTINUE READING
Sometimes you discover stores that are so nice that they can make you bankrupt in a heartbeat. I experienced this during my city trip to Malmö, Sweden. I discovered the vintage store Beyond Retro. They have so many beautiful things. I almost lost my mind. Fortunately, Malmö is not around the corner for me, so my bank account does not have to panic. Given my response to this store, you can imagine that I did not leave empty-handed. I will show you one of the pieces of clothing that I found in this fair fashion outfit post. So hold on tight!
I love to write about fair and sustainable (ethical) fashion, but I also love to talk about it. With some regularity, I give workshops at secondary schools about fair fashion. I often hear from the boys and girls, that they would prefer to choose fair fashion brands, but that they can’t because the clothes are too expensive. When they say this, I always nod understanding. Because honestly? I can also not really afford my favorite fair brands.
If you want to handle your clothes in a more sustainable and ethical way, you have a range of options of how you can do that. You can, for example, buy less clothes, only buy from ethical and sustainable brands or follow the steps from my e-book.
But perhaps the easiest way to deal with your clothes more sustainably is by washing them differently. Washing clothes is actually very damaging to the environment. Apart from the fact that it uses a lot of water, CO2 emissions and the energy consumption of laundry are enormous. In addition, regular washing also contributes to your clothes wearing and tearing earlier. Therefore, It can pay off to examine the way you wash your clothes. How you can do your laundry sustainably, I am gonna tell you in this article.
I don’t know what it’s like in your hometown, but in Amsterdam, we can find clothing containers from companies like Humana, Reshare, and Sympany in our neighborhood. Maybe you even donate the clothes that you don’t wear anymore from time to time. This way, other people can still enjoy your old clothes and you give your old clothes a second life. Awesome!
But it could also be that you have old clothes that are not good enough to pass on. A pair of ripped jeans, a sweater covered with paint stains or torn tights. I always thought that I should throw these old clothes out with the trash. After all, they were no longer good for reuse, so they did not belong in the clothing containers. But you know what, this is not true! Even your old and ripped clothes can be tossed in the clothing containers! And it is definitely worth doing so!