Your Guide to a More Sustainable Closet

Sustainable shopping

As you may know, the fashion industry is a dirty, dirty business.  Everything from sweatshops to treatment chemicals are causing an issue across the globe.

As more and more people learn about the dangers of fast fashion we see an increasing amount of people seeking out fair trade, sustainable, organic and vegan clothing brands.

But the questions still arise, how do you really create a conscious closet?

I am by no means experts in this (although I am working on it 😉 ) but wanted to share some basic questions you can ask yourself when shopping and our go to steps to ensuring you’re creating a more sustainable wardrobe.

1.  Buy Secondhand
As Heidi Klum’s famous goes: In fashion, one day you’re in, the next you’re out.  When trend’s fade these pieces end up at the local secondhand store.

Maybe it was fast fashion at some point, but picking up a discounted top from your local thrift shop not only keeps an item out of the landfill, but it is also not adding any MORE damage to the planet.  

I am also all about creating a classic, eclectic style which means last year’s IN item fits just fine in my wardrobe.  Vintage finds are always a HUGE love for me too.  My absolutely fav vintage finds are usually jewellery.

To find stores near you, just go to Google!  Type in second hand, thrift or vintage stores and let the deals and steals hunting begin. This is THE best way to be sustainable on a budget.

2.  Buy Sustainably
Can’t find what you are looking for at the local thrift shop?  Or you know, buying things like lingerie that is best bought new?  Buy from a sustainable and fair trade brand.

Luckily, these are getting more and more popular in the clothing world.  

It may require a little more research on your part, but look for companies with good ethics, that pay fair wages, use organic sustainable (and obviously vegan) materials.  

Check out these articles for more on sustainable shopping and brands check this articles:
Miakoda
Boody Wear
Beginner’s Guide

3.  Buy it to Last
If you still can’t find what you are looking for, shop at high end stores and buy pieces that will last a lifetime!  Also, only buy things you love 110% and will stay “in style” for years to come.

Things in this category for me are typically shoes, jackets and luggage.  Although, there are new up and coming brands that fit this bill over in the ethical shopping category, too!  Hopefully someday everything can be found from an ethical brand.

Even when shopping traditional brands you can also keep impact in mind.  Check fabric labels and choose materials like linen, cotton or other natural (vegan) materials over polyester, leather or wool.  Linen and cotton have a significantly smaller eco impact than man made and animal materials.  

Yes, high quality pieces are more expensive, but in the end you will save tons of moolah because the quality is great!

4.  Value Your Clothes
Now that you have a perfectly curated closet, take care of your items.

Increase the lifespan of your clothes by hand washing them as often as possible.  Store them properly and follow all care instructions.

Sorry if I sounded like a mother telling you to fold your laundry, but seriously, take care of them!

This in part with buying high quality, classic pieces will keep your wardrobe in tip top shape for decades.  

5.  Become a Minimalist
This probably sounds weird coming from a fashion blogger, but keep your wardrobe (and life) minimal!  Buy essentials that you can mix and match and layers for every season.

I like to stick to neutrals for the most part, but will buy crazy prints if I find something I just LOVE.  I have a few plaid blazers and floral printed pants that I will keep for all of my days.  

But by buying minimally you help keep your clutter to a minimum and getting into the frame of mind that you don’t NEED a lot of stuff is a good life goal.  

For more on downsizing, read our post on how we downsized to a studio apartment!

Keeping these things in mind about sustainable shopping, and it will have a positive impact on the environment and you!  

with love,
Jackie

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