Consumers are becoming more and more informed about sustainable fashion every day, it has become an essential topic in the world of fashion in the recent years that gets more attention than ever. As consumers, the best thing we could do is get informed about the best options we could take to help sustainable fashion grow. To make this easier, we have compiled a short list of things you could do to help.
Buy long-term clothing
High street stores are mostly all fast fashion, meaning items of clothing come and go quickly when each seasons change. One way you can avoid buying items that fall out of fashion is swapping them for an item that can be worn year in, year out, for example a classic pair of jeans or a simple white t-shirt. This choice will save you money but also reduces the clothing waste that you pile up when you no longer want the item.
Shop second-hand or from sustainable shops
Another option when buying clothes is going to second-hand stores or actively seeking out sustainable stores. Second-hand stores are not always anyone’s first option, but there are good finds and bargains when you look hard enough. Not only is it reducing waste, but it extends the longevity of the item. Sustainable stores, on the other hand, tend to be online based due to the market size for them. By actively seeking these stores and being more aware makes you more informed of how they help the environment and the people they have working with them.
We all love a deal, but that does not mean what we are buying is of high-quality. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pocket is to buy items of good quality, as they won’t have to be replaced as often and most likely won’t be thrown away after a few times of wearing. You can usually judge the quality of the product by touch and trying it on in the fitting rooms. Sometimes you can judge by the price; however, this does not mean expensive items are always best in quality.
Always bring a tote bag
One way you can help the environment when shopping around is bringing a tote bag. Even though some shops give you free, recyclable bags, it still uses up energy to recycle. Tote bags can be inexpensive, and many places produce environmentally friendly tote bags with superb designs.
Look after your clothes
When we say look after your clothes, it means taking a look at the wash label and understanding what each symbol means. Certain items of clothing need specific ways of caring for them. They include items such as delicates, leather jackets and suits. Care helps to extend the longevity of your clothing and saves you money.