Did you know that apparel companies produce over 50 million tons of clothes every year, and the fashion industry produces 10% of all humanity’s carbon emissions? Textiles and clothing are filling up our landfills and polluting our oceans. The term “fast fashion” is used to refer to way the fashion industry focuses on producing high volumes of clothing at a rapid rate. This has resulted in the overconsumption of inexpensive and low-quality clothing, which is negatively impacting the environment and garment workers around the world.
To avoid fast fashion, here are five tips to maintain a stylish and sustainable wardrobe.
- Instead of buying new clothes every week, wear the ones you already have.
We are often buying more than we need, so before you purchase a new shirt or pair of jeans, ask yourself if you really need it. Your wallet will thank you! Just purchase a few basics, and find different ways to style them.
- Go thrifting!
If you love shopping, try thrifting! Visit your local thrift shop to find some fun and gently-used items. This is both a wallet- and eco-friendly alternative to purchasing new clothes. You may even find brand name and vintage pieces at a steal. If you prefer online shopping, you can even e-thrift!
- Upcycle the clothes in your closet.
Upcycling is the process of transforming products into something more desirable. Old clothing is great for upcycling, and keeps things in your closet longer. If you are tired of a simple t-shirt, consider cutting or tying it to create something you actually want to wear!
- Swap clothes with your friends!
Do you have a friend with great style? Consider swapping old clothes with them to get great clothes that are new to you, while keeping your fashion sustainable. Trading with your friends also lets you each find new ways to style each piece! You can even host a clothing swap party, and get a group of friends to each bring a few pieces to trade.
- Know where your clothes come from.
Do you know where your clothes are being made? Or who is making them? What kinds of materials are being used? When you do purchase new clothing, try to choose brands that use recycled materials and maintain ethical practices. A little bit of research will make a huge difference!