5 Ways to Embrace Sustainable Fashion
We are tricked into believing that anything we discard will magically vanish from the face of the earth leaving no trace behind. Fast fashion is one such industry that does this job of “make-believe”. In counter to this trend, we see that there is a rise in the sustainable fashion movement. If you are someone who wants to be a part of it this movement, this blog will show you ways in which you can embrace sustainable fashion.
This industry produces cheap, poor-quality clothing which you have to keep disposing of and replacing with new ones!
What’s wrong with fast fashion?
This industry produces cheap, poor-quality clothing which you have to keep disposing of and replacing with new to keep up with the “trend”.
Fast fashion is proving detrimental for our environment and society- its production processes and usage cause – water wastage, greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, soil pollution, and exploitation of people involved at every stage.
Our oceans, our soil and our air are getting polluted because of our lifestyle choices. We are in ways (known and unknown) causing harm to our planet. The clothes we dump get into landfills which make mountains of toxic waste. These toxic mountains at the fringe of our cities are growing day by day.
We know that buying that “trendy thing” online every other day at cheap prices is very alluring. But all this comes at a very high cost for our environment. People involved at all levels of the supply chain in the fast fashion industry are exploited. So if you have decided to leave fast fashion behind and embrace sustainable fashion here are a few tips for you-
Ask grandma for hacks
Back then the words like sustainability or sustainable fashion were not in trend. But we know that when it comes to sustainable and conscious living our ancestors were the best.
We should look back to how our grandparents lived because they were true environmental enthusiasts.
They followed the 3R rule of reducing, recycling and reusing. To give you an example -my grandma uses her old cotton saree or any piece of clothing and converts it into a pillow cover, a tote bag, a dusting cloth, or used it to make a beautiful bedsheet!
If you don’t have grandma around you to go and ask her directly, you may as well ask yourself – what would grandma do?
Support a local tailor
We all know how much importance supporting local business holds. You can go to your nearby tailor and ask him to make the dress exactly as you want. You don’t have to waste days scrolling on the online shopping websites and then placing the order only to find out it’s not the same color or size as you expected!
Give your wardrobe a minimalist makeover
This you can do by creating what is called a capsule wardrobe. In your capsule wardrobe, you will have a collection of a fixed number of clothes harmonized in color and line which never go out of fashion. It can include skirts, trousers, coats, and shoes which can be augmented with other clothing.
You can make your wardrobe versatile and timeless by including in it things like- a white shirt, a black blazer, a silk scarf, a tote bag, a pair of tailored trousers and white sneakers.
We see a rising number of “shopaholics” around the world. We should not take this trend lightly because this is causing serious mental health issues. In such cases, you can definitely try giving a minimalist makeover to your wardrobe which will help you to declutter.
Be a conscious consumer
Before falling prey to fast fashion ask yourself – do I have an alternate option? How will my choices affect the environment? Can I do anything to support local people and communities?
We have to keep in mind that our demand influences the market forces. We have to be conscious of the sustainability factor. Our choices should direct the market forces towards greater ecological integrity and social justice. Sustainable fashion is the responsibility of citizens as much of the government and the private sector industries.
Reduce, Recycle and Reuse
Start-ups, NGOs and other conscious brands are doing their best to find out how reusing, repurposing, recycling can be converted into a commercially viable option.
The industries working in the field of 3Rs are the industries that are going to grow in the future. These industries will pave the way for sustainable tomorrow and will create viable business opportunities.
On an individual level, our focus should be on promoting local brands, cruelty-free products, timeless handcrafted designs. We should do away with the shame connected with reusing and repairing the things we own.
If you are finding it difficult to get past the “shopaholic” in you, you can talk with our mental-health expert NOW!