The idea of creating a sustainable or more ethical wardrobe completely from scratch is, without doubt, a daunting achievement for some, however, everyone needs to start somewhere and this doesn’t mean you need to throw out your existing wardrobe to become more sustainable. Find out 10 easy steps to start you in the right directions to create a more sustainable wardrobe.
1. WOULD I WEAR THIS 30 TIMES OR MORE?
Before purchasing a new item of clothing ask yourself “Will I wear this more than 30 times?”.
2. BE MORE INFORMED
It can be difficult initially to know where to start, though start with brand you like and do a little research, from here your knowledge will only grow.
3. INVEST IN CLOTHING FOR ALL THE SEASONS ( TRANS-SEASONAL)
When looking to purchase new additions to your wardrobe, see if that item can work for you all year round. Suit your wardrobe to your climate.
4. GIVE BACK AND DONATE YOUR UNWANTED CLOTHING.
This will help others to be more sustainable and create a circular economy.
5. THRIFTING / VINTAGE
Vintage clothing plays a huge role in making your wardrobe more sustainable, as every new item of clothing in the fashion industry, can create a substantial carbon footprint.
6. TAKE CARE OF YOUR CLOTHING
If you get a stain, don’t leave it to settle and ruin your garment. Hang your clothes up to avoid getting damaged.
7. IF IT’S BROKEN, FIX IT
If something rips or a button breaks, repair it and make it new again. If you can’t sew ask a friend, family member or your friend youtube.
8. SHOP CONSCIOUSLY
Try and avoid getting carried away by excessive sales, for clothing you may wear once. Save up and buy items that will last, for your everyday life.
9. QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
To become more sustainable in your wardrobe its all about planning and buying better. No more impulse buying (we are guilty of this at times and it isn’t always a bad thing).
The bottom line is investing in things that will last!
If you change your perspective you can change your impact. There is a lot of stigma around what a ‘sustainable’ wardrobe should look like but you will be surprised with the number of brands that are now seeing and acting on the importance of environmental focus – no more comprising!