Do you struggle to create a wardrobe of ethically (& sustainably) produced fashion and accessories? Are your closet and drawers overflowing with items you never wear?
With an alarming 85% of all textile waste ending up in landfills it’s time to stop impulse buying throwaway fast fashion and start creating a sustainable, ethical wardrobe you’ll feel great wearing!
Follow my 6 simple ways to be an ethical consumer and discover just how easy it is to create your own unique, sustainable style without breaking the bank at all!
1. Shop Preloved. By shopping second hand and reusing you are not contributing a penny to the multi-billion dollar fashion industry nor are you unintentionally supporting an unethically produced brand. Unless you are buying something that is clearly marked as ethical and sustainable you can be pretty darn sure it is not. Companies who actually care enough to take the time and spend the money to ensure that their products are ethically and sustainably produced absolutely shout it from the rooftops, add it to the tags and proudly display extensive information about their production methods and labour policies on their websites.
2. Buy local and shop indie. Just say no to unethically produced fast fashion and add locally made, quality items from independent designers to your wardrobe.
3. Throw a wardrobe audit swap party. Sort through your closet, drawers, shoes and accessories, have your friends do the same then meet up and have a fab evening swapping your unwanted gear for fab new-to-you wardrobe faves! The completely free and 100% sustainable way to refresh your style!
4. Mend and Make Do. Repair whenever possible and avoid falling into the consumer trap of tossing out and buying new. Not only does this save you money but it also means fewer items will end up in the trash mountains at the landfill.
Have a serious think before you make a purchase: Do you really need it? Will it be used often? Is it something you can easily pass on to someone in your circles once you decide you don’t want it anymore? (As only about 20% of items donated to thrift shops actually make it on to the shop floor for resale it’s better to give your unwanted gear to those that you know will actually make use of them)
5. Take proper care of your wardrobe and keep those favourite items in top condition!
6. Take Action, learn and share as much as you can about ethical, sustainable fashion through your own personal experiences and the wealth of resources available online.
What are your ethical consumer tips and tricks? Let me know in the comments below!