Simple steps to a sustainable wardrobe
The fashion industry is now one of the biggest polluters in the world—second only to oil. Apply these simple tips to make your wardrobe more sustainable.
This topic is something I am working hard on personally in my life because we all have the responsibility of becoming more conscious and mindful consumers.
Did you know Australians are the second largest consumer of textiles in the world? Textile dyeing is also the the second largest polluter of clean water globally, after agriculture. When you start to get your head around the numbers it’s hard not to cringe!
The fast fashion culture is the predominant culprit, responsible for cheaply produced and priced items which copy the latest fashion trends often lacking in quality which will usually see us throwing out our clothes every season or even after just a few wears.
These items pollute our landfills often with synthetic man-made materials that take years and years to decompose. To put it into perspective, we send 85% of the textiles we buy to landfill every year. In fact, the War on Waste calculated that Australians are dumping 6000 kilograms of clothing is dumped in landfill every 10 minutes. That is 600kgs of clothing every minute, which is equal to the weight of almost eight people.
The good news is that change can start with some very small steps from us with the choices we make which will be good for not only the environment, but also our wardrobe space, not to mention saving money in process!
How to make your wardrobe more sustainable:
Get clear on your personal style & how to style your body shape
Focus less on trends and learn what styles suit you best. This is what I learned from my personal stylist, Josephine Eve. One of the greatest things I ever did was book an appointment with a stylist because it was the first step in streamlining my closet. She got me thinking about my body type, colours, shapes, cuts, patterns and fabrics before I buy. This step alone has stopped so many regretful or impulse purchases that would normally go to waste.
Conduct a wardrobe audit
When was the last time you did a wardrobe audit and clear out? This process allows you to strategically assess each piece of clothing in your closet and determine items to keep, repair, repurpose or recycle. If you need a little help with the process, than check out this resource here.
Learn the art of repurposing your wardrobe
Once you have completed a wardrobe audit your options are endless. Consider repairing or redesigning certain pieces with your local alterations lady or conduct a clothing swap with your friends.
Make some cash and sell unwanted items in places such as ebay, Fashionphile, Carousell, High End or utilise the Facebook search function to stalk the numerous private groups with ‘buy, swap and sells’ for all of your favourite designer brands.
Don’t feel like leaving the house? Call Clothing Clean Up who will come and pick up the clothes you would like to donate.
Say hello to dress hire!
Online fashion rental websites like GlamCorner allow you to borrow high-end, high-quality designer items and pay for them on a per-use basis. These platforms allow you to rent, wear and return items because you are sharing the cost per wear with many people. With Glamcorner premium you can rent an unlimited everyday, and designer, wardrobe for as little as $149 per month.
The best part about dress hire is not only will it allow you to enjoy quality designer pieces at a fantastic price point but it significantly reduces the amount of clothing that needs to be manufactured, worn and disposed of through the benefits of ‘collaborative consumption’ whilst significantly reducing the environmental impact of the fashion industry. You can check out my favourite dress hire places in this blog post.
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Buy with intention
Buying clothing with intention is an essential part of creating a sustainable wardrobe. Think about longevity every time you buy. Invest in well made, quality pieces that you will wear again and again. This means sticking to versatile pieces that can be styled in a variety of ways while you save those statement pieces for dress hire!
Once you know why you are buying a piece of clothing and how you plan to wear it, you can make smarter shopping decisions. This is where education from a stylist can come in handy.
Do your research and become a part of the fashion revolution
One of the most difficult things about trying to make your wardrobe more sustainable is knowing where to shop. However it is getting easier thanks to many socially conscious brands popping up in the marketplace. Even the bigger brands like Nike are finding ways to be more sustainable with the introduction of Nike Grind which repurposes recycled materials recovered from used footwear and manufacturing scrap. The change out there is happening albeit slowly.
I hope you found these tips useful, and I would love to know how you progress on your journey so make sure you drop me a line.
Until next time,