Honestly, I love to shop! The strolling through the racks, searing for my new favorite item and actually finding it. Whether it is as a reward for yourself, as a distraction or as a pure necessity, shopping is can be great!
But all that “buying, buying, buying” that we do in our society, had contributed to the world of fast fashion: cheap garments and clothing collections that change every six weeks. All intended to make the consumer by new clothes every time. Because of this people, animals and the earth are being exploited for our clothes. Due to the low prices of our clothing, we no longer appreciate it. On average we wear out clothes only five times before throwing it away. Clothes have become a disposable item, with terrible consequences.
Fortunately, with your buying habits and the way you deal with clothes, you can make a difference and make the clothing industry more sustainable. But how do you do that? What can you do if you want to have a sustainable wardrobe? Can you still shop? I can reassure you, yes you can!
To help you get started, I share five tips with which you can make your wardrobe more sustainable.
1. Clothing swaps
A clothing swap is one of the easiest, cheapest and most fun way to renew your wardrobe. Apart from the fact that it allows you to shop for free, it is also fun to do.
You organize a clothing swap very easily by inviting a number of friends. Let everyone bring five to ten clothes that are still beautiful, but they don’t wear anymore and tada: you can start swapping! Add some snack and wine to it and you have the perfect afternoon with your friends.
2. Vintage & second-hand shopping
A very nice way to make your wardrobe more sustainable is by buying second-hand clothes. Instead of buying something new, you give an old gem a second life. Also, shopping with second hand gives you the chance to create a unique style for yourself. You can often find special, original items that no one else has. Good chance that you steal the show with your vintage items. And it is cheaper than “normal” shopping! Perfection!
3. Shop fair brands
Maybe the most logical way to make your wardrobe eco-conscious is by choosing for clothes from fair fashion brands. These brands are committed to producing their collection under good conditions for people, the environment and/or the animals.
And no worries, fair fashion looks just as cool and sophisticated as clothes from “regular” brands. Brands like Studio Jux, People Tree, Miss Green, Armedangels and ROYAL BAMBOO all have cool and affordable things. Check out the Palace of Bliss Fair Fashion Guide for more brands!
The nice thing about eco-conscious shopping is that you immediately support the brands that are trying to make the world a little better. Through buying these brands you vote with your wallet and you show regular brands that there is a market for fair clothing.
Another nice way to give your clothes a second life is by making something different out of them. This is also called upcycling. For example, you can make a dress from a top, from a shirt to a skirt or from a shirt to a bag. This is fun to do and sustainable too!
5. Rent clothes
Nowadays it is possible to rent everyday clothes. By renting clothes you avoid having a full closet with clothes that you do not wear. You rent the clothes that you want to wear and when you are in the mood for something new, you bring them back and hopefully make someone else happy again. This is an ideal way of re-use!
There are already a few nice entrepreneurs who are responding to this way of dealing with clothing in a sustainable manner. For example, you can lease jeans at MUD Jeans (Netherlands), Lena The Fashion Library (Netherlands) and Stylelend (US) and at Rendez-Vous (UK) you can rent all sorts of different types of clothing.
More tips in the e-book “How to Create a Sustainable Wardrobe in Seven Steps”
In my e-book “How To Create a Sustainable Wardrobe in Seven Steps” I help you to create that conscious wardrobe that you have always dreamed about. The e-book is completely free, so head over to this page with more information about the e-book and get cracking”.
Do you find it important that your wardrobe is fair and sustainable? How do you make this happen?
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