Sacrificing Style For Sustainability?
For many people, the leap to sustainable fashion may feel daunting at first. Many women are left with more questions about green fashion, than answers. Today, I am here to clear up all the myths that surround ethical consumerism and show you that you don't have to sacrifice style in order to help the environment. There are more than a million ways to be an ethical shopper, and it is definitely easier then it sounds. Here are a few of my favorite ways to practice sustainability.
Go Thrift Shopping
Going to your local second-hand shops are a great way to practice sustainability. Instead of purchasing the latest fashion fad at a nearby department store, thrift shopping is a great alternative. Some of my favorite pieces in my closet are thrifted. Don't be afraid to dig in deep, because you never know what you may find. It is like a treasure hunt, so have fun.
Clean With Care
Taking good care of your clothing keeps them in good condition and prolongs their closet life. This means you have to buy less and can wear more! Consider purchasing an eco-friendly laundry detergent, this will spare you, and the environment the effect of harsh chemicals. Also, try washing and drying your clothing on low heat, this conserves energy and does less damage to your clothing.
Invest In Your Closet
One of the best ways to be a sustainable shopper is to purchase quality clothing instead of quantity. Instead of buying a few 10 dollar tee shirt from a fast fashion manufacturer, do some research, and invest in clothing that will stand the test of time.
Shopping local is a great way to support small businesses in your community. Close proximity to the goods you purchase cuts back on carbon emissions, and benefits the environment in the long run. Also, many goods carried by small businesses are manufactured in the United States.
Try your best to purchase clothing made with organic textiles, non-toxic dyes, and be conscious of the labor practices used to create your garment.