So we all like shopping right? Maybe we like it a little too much or do it a little too often. But, we all want to look stylish and be wearing the latest trends. Unfortunately there's a big cost that comes with fast fashion and constantly buying new things we probably aren't going to wear in like a month. Fast fashion is damaging the environment tremendously. It release carbon into the atmosphere and landfills are piling up with more and more clothing. Personally I know it's hard for me to shop "smart". One, because usually ethical and eco-friendly clothing is expensive and two, because I do like to wear the latest trends. But, as I get older (so sad) I realize that it's important to stop feeding into this trend of fast fashion and that timeless pieces that may be a little bit more expensive are worth it. Now I'm not saying to never shop at fast fashion retailers or buy the latest trends. I'm just saying to do it less. A little bit can go a long way. Even if you decide not to, at least be knowledgeable on it. Below are some ways to shop smarter and how to make more use of the clothing you already own.
1. Shop At Sustainable Fashion Retailers
H&M - The Conscious Collection
H&M is a retailer that offers fast fashion, but they have come out with a collection that is not fast fashion. The H&M Conscious Collection is helping to make fashion more sustainable. The Collection is built on providing fashion for conscious customers, choosing and rewarding responsible partners, being ethical, being climate smart, recuing, reusing, and recycling, using natural resources responsibly, and strengthening communities. Some highlights of their 2015 Conscious Collection is that they used more sustainable materials such as Denimite which is a recycled denim. They also increased the use of organic and recycled Better Cotton. H&M also has published their supplier list to give transparcey to the public and they work towards fair living wages in the textile industry. They have also increased the use of renewable electricity to 78% and reduced total emissions by 56%! Overall, the Conscious Collection is helping the environment, providing a fair living to workers across the seas, and treating employees fairly. The clothing is also fashionable, sustainable, timeless, and will last a lot longer.
**All information is from http://about.hm.com/en/About/sustainability/hm-conscious/conscious.html
Below are some items from the Conscious Collection
1. Bib Overall Shorts - $29.99
2. Long Denim Shirt - $29.99
3. Lyocell Bodysuit - $29.99
4. Lyocell-blend Jacket - $49.99
***All products from http://www.hm.com/us/products/ladies/selected/conscious-sustainable-style
Ethica is an online fashion retailer. Their mission is to connect customers and companies that share a commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Ethica provides ethical fashion, upcoming designers, and a high-style fashion selection. Ethica is a in a LEED-certified green building in New York City. They sell women's apparel, jewelry, accessories, shoes, and beauty products. Ethica provides sustainable, made in the U.S.A., fair trade. handcrafted, and vegan products. Most products are a combination of these things. Ethica is sustainable because they implement a variety of eco-friendly measures to minimize their environmental footprints. The trade not aid employs artisans and workers in developing countries in fair-practice settings. Their vegan goods are strictly animal-free. Ethica products are timeless pieces and do not follow the fast fashion, harmful trend cycle.
***All information is from: http://www.shopethica.com/
Below are some items from Ethica
1. Organic Cotton Twist Dress - Sustainable/Made In The USA/Vegan - $110.00
2.. Organic Cotton Circle Shirt - Sustainable/Made In The USA/Vegan - $68.00
3. Tyson Pants - Sustainable/Trade Not Aid/Vegan - $95.00
4. Vegan Leather Skirt - Made In The USA/Vegan - $270.00
***All products from: http://www.shopethica.com/
As I mentioned earlier, sometimes to shop sustainably, it costs a little bit more but the positives definitely outweigh that. I know I personally can't afford to ONLY buy sustainable because at the point in my life and I am always about shopping affordable. So if you don't think you can shop at sustainable retailers, then you can shop less. When you shop you can buy timeless pieces. By purchasing timeless pieces, you can wear them every season for many years. They can help make outfits look different as well. These pieces will never go out of style therefore you do not need to get rid of them. Also, reusing and recycling the clothing you already own is definitely helpful and something we can all do. Turn a garment into something different! If your jeans are too short, cut them to turn them into shorts. If your jacket sleeves are too tight or have holes, turn it into a vest. If your t-shirt has holes in it or you just don't like it, make it into a crop top or bandeau. If your shorts are too small, use the denim for decals on a shirt or jacket. There are many ways to recycle your clothing and turn it into something different. YouTube will definitely be able to give you some great ideas. Lastly, you can and should ALWAYS donate. If you really don't want something anymore, DO NOT throw it away. Donate it to a local shelter, an organization, a thrift store, Goodwill, or Plato's closet. Donating is creating a longer lifespan for clothing which then reduces the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills.
Try to be sustainable to the best of your ability. A little help goes a long way :)