There’s a lot of buzz about the sustainable fashion movement, and you may be looking for ways to get involved. We’ve put together the 5 best ways you can join the movement right away.
All of these habits reduce the impact of your wardrobe on the environment. Their main goals are to give clothing a longer life and to invest in pieces that are sustainably produced or repurposed.
Which of the 5 are you already in the habit of doing?
1. “Shop” Your Closet
Next time you have the urge to shop, try turning a fresh eye to your current closet. Many times we pack the racks too tight, hide things away in drawers, and overlook what we already own. A closet refresh is a great tactic for falling in love with what you already have! Reorganize your clothing by color, store off-season pieces so your racks can breathe, and display your shoes and handbags on shelves so you can see them clearly. Then, play stylist and put together some new looks for the week.
2. Look for Sustainable Collections
When shopping for new pieces, look for clothing that’s sustainably produced with recycled materials or organic cotton. Some of the leading brands are starting to produce these pieces, so support the efforts whenever possible.
3. Mend Your Clothes
Why not pick up a new sewing habit as part of your sustainable fashion discovery? One surefire way to extend the life of your clothing is to mend it. See our blog post with video tutorials and start learning.
4. Shop Secondhand
On those days you decide it’s time to add a new piece to your closet, shop secondhand! We have stores across the U.S. filled with gently used clothing and accessories that are looking for a new home.
5. Trade and Sell Unwanted Clothes
Even better, bring in your pre-loved clothing to a buy-sell-trade store to earn cash or store credit towards your next purchase. You’ll keep clothing out of landfills by aiming to get it into the hands of someone who will love it.
These are just 5 ways to join the sustainable fashion movement today. Start with one and you’ll see how easy it is to combine your love of fashion and the planet.