When it comes to clothes, fashion trends are never-ending. In fact, the industry never runs out of new styles every season, and everyone interested in fashion tries to keep up. While change is sometimes a good thing, it’s not a good idea to buy and discard clothes seasonally, especially when a lot of people are doing it.
The earth’s resources are finite, and global fashion is one of the most problematic industries destroying the planet. The biggest contributor to pollution is the culture of fast fashion, in which the demand for inexpensive clothing is so significant that some industries go to third-world countries to hire cheap labor. These labourers are paid so little for the amount of work they do in a barely safe sweatshop environment that it can be called modern-day slavery.
Knowing all these things, are you willing to save a few dollars for clothing you’re only going to wear only a few times? Have new clothes, but you have to wonder if it’s worth it. Here are ways you can personally get involved in solving the world’s fast-fashion waste problem.
1. Consider Buying Secondhand
One of the ways you can stop contributing to fast fashion is to buy secondhand clothing. You still get new clothes, but they’re not the trendy ones that go out of style after a season or two. Those types of clothing and accessories actually end up in landfills more often than not.
There are a lot of ways you can buy secondhand. You can explore the local thrift shop for good-quality clothing or use the power of the internet. There are online groups you can join in your community for clothing swaps, or you can go to websites or social media apps to find and buy clothes that you want. If you have clothes you don’t wear anymore, please donate them to charity shops or sell them online instead of throwing them out.
2. Go for Quality
Quality clothing tends to be durable, and this is exactly why you should go for it. You may be concerned about the price, but consider it as an investment because you can use it for a long time. Build your wardrobe on the pieces you already have. You can still be fashionable while you’re ecologically conscious.
3. Repair and Reuse
If you have clothing that you no longer use because it’s missing some buttons or the seams have come undone, consider learning some basic stitching to repair it. Knowing how to stitch can save you some serious cash because you won’t need to throw out perfectly good clothes. You only need to sew them back, and they’ll be good as new.
There are clothing items that are beyond repair, and that’s okay. See if you can repurpose the cloth. You can use old fabric as a material for blankets, chair padding, rugs, or even cleaning rags.
4. Shop from Sustainable Apparel Companies
With the problems of fast fashion becoming more widely known, brands old and new have come up with ways to make fashion more sustainable. In fact, there are more companies today that are producing ethically sourced clothing than there were a few years ago. It’s easy to find them too, thanks to the power of the internet.
Choose clothing companies that use recycled fibres or organic cotton. Some dyes used in some traditional textiles are considered harmful, so avoid them if you can. If you can’t resist making a bold fashion statement, there are naturally dyed fabric alternatives, but you may need to do a bit of research to know where to buy them.
5. Create an Indefatigable Personal Style
It is handy to have a style that is uniquely yours because it helps you determine which clothing and accessories to go for. You’re less likely to go for fast-fashion trends because you are committed to your personal aesthetic and it’s beautiful. Apart from buying more clothes, you’re more likely to have a more organised closet because you’re taking the time to look for clothing items that match the ones you already have.
A sustainable future isn’t so out of reach when we all work together to make it happen. What are other ways you can stop fast-fashion waste? List down your personal practices below.
Thank you for reading.
*Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post*