Shop from Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Lines
Ethical and sustainable clothing lines sell clothes that are produced fair and responsibly. Workers are paid a living wage and work in safe environments. Ethical and sustainable clothing can also be thought of as slow fashion because you can buy fewer, good quality clothes that are meant to last you years.
One of my personal favorites is Everlane. They have a great blend of minimalist but modern pieces that can be worn in multiple ways. But the best part is that they are completely transparent about the true cost of their clothing. Under each item, there is a section called “Transparent Pricing” where they outline the cost to produce the item and how much they marked it up to make a profit. They also compare their pricing to that of a traditional retailer to showcase how they would price the same item 2-3 times higher than its true cost.
I’m going to be totally honest and admit that I’d never completely been on board with thrift shopping until recently. I always wanted my clothes to be new and had this image of thrift shops being full of outdated clothing. But over the past couple of months I’ve started exploring and researching all kinds of thrift shops. There are so many and each one has something different to offer.
You’ll be surprised what kinds of amazing and unique clothing pieces you can find in thrift shops at discounted prices. Also, it’s great for the environment because its recycled clothing, so it’s a win-win.
Up-cycle and recycle your unwanted clothes
This is kind of the opposite of thrift shopping because instead of buying the clothes you’d be giving them away. You can recycle your clothes in numerous ways. You could donate them, sell them or give them to friends and family.
Up-cycling your clothes is also a great way to get new wear out of your old clothes. If you have a tear or rip in your clothing, instead of throwing it away, try to mend it back together. Around 13 million tons of clothing are thrown out annually and most of these clothes are still wearable. We are addicted to consumerism and replacing our old clothing with new clothing. So instead of replacing, instead try to repair and extend the life of your existing clothing.
Swap and borrow clothes
I have two older sisters so I’ve been doing this for as long as I could remember. I lived off hand-me-downs for the majority of my childhood and continue to wear my sisters’ clothes when I got bored of my own. Swapping and borrowing clothes is like shopping someone else’s closet…except it costs you nothing.
It’s a great way to experiment with some new pieces and you can mix-and-match the borrowed clothes with your own clothes. So instead of going out and shopping for new clothes next time, head over to a friend’s house and see what you can find.