Sustainability is a word that is thrown around a lot lately. It’s in the news, its on TV, a lot of brands are talking about being better when it comes to producing or packaging their products. It’s a subject I feel really passionate about exploring and pushing further in both my personal life and on my blog.
I’ve put together some tips and tricks that I think all of us could try, especially when it comes to fashion…
Tip 1: Wash your clothes less
Some people may be put off by this idea! But, laundering equates to 60-80% of a garment’s overall impact on the environment – so if you can do it less, it’s much better. The same goes for drying – if you can avoid the tumble dryer and dry in more natural ways (such as on a clothes horse or washing line) it’s much more eco-friendly.
Tip 2: Organise your wardrobe
If you reduce the amount of clutter in your wardrobe and organise it in a way that means you can see everything at a glance, you’re much more likely to celebrate and love what you have. If it’s hard for you to see what you’ve got, you’re more likely to want to go and buy something new.
Tip 3: Never EVER throw your clothes away
This one is really important, please never throw your clothes in the bin. There are so many other options you have when it comes to getting rid of unwanted items:
DONATE – If your clothes are in reasonable condition but not worth selling, bag them up and drop them off at your local charity shop – they will be happy to take your donations! Some shops such as H&M also do a great scheme where they will give you a £5 voucher to spending store for every bag of clothes you take in.
SELL – If you’ve got items that are still in good condition, you just don’t wear them anymore, sell them! As the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. I use either Depop or eBay to find a new home for my clothes.
REPAIR – If you’ve damaged or broken an item, or it’s just become a little too worn, there may be a way to fix it and prolong its life. A great example is a pair of shoes – a cobbler can re-heel or add another sole for at an affordable price. Or, is it something you can repair yourself? A popped stitch or rip can easily be sewn up with a needle and thread – and voila, as good as new!
Tip 4: Buy pieces with longevity in mind
Try not to purchase pieces that you might wear once and throw away. Instead, invest in pieces that are going to last you year after year. I especially like to do this with classic handbags, as they will never go out of style. When I was younger I used to buy cheap trendy bags from the high street that would inevitably break after a few uses.
Tip 5: Look after your things!
If you do decide to purchase a high quality item, look after it! I have a whole kit for my handbags which includes cleaning, conditioning and protecting products which will ensure they look their best for longer. You can do the same with clothing too – simple things like washing your jeans inside can help make them last. Really take the time to understand how to wash and protect your things so you’re not needing to replace them as much.
Tip 6: Purchase trans-seasonal pieces
Look for items that will see you through multiple seasons. For example, a really great pair of jeans – if you find a pair you love, this is where you should invest your money because you will wear them all the time, regardless of what season it is. Don’t spend too much money on things you’ll hardly wear.
Say you’ve been invited to a wedding in a few months, you might be tempted to spend quite a bit of money on a dress for the occasion. You’re going to be photographed in it so you’re less likely to want to wear it again. For that reason, you should probably spend less on it and save your money for the pieces that you wear/use every day instead.
Tip 7: Do your research
It’s really important to be informed. If you’re looking to buy something new, have a shop around and see which brands are doing sustainable versions. It’s so easy now, more than ever, to contact a brand on social media and just ask them your questions. What is their clothing made from? What are they doing to be more sustainable? Use the internet to find new and forward thinking companies who are striving to be more eco-friendly.
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