A lot of us love fashion, but many more of us love the planet. If you want to wear great clothes while also helping the environment, try to practice sustainable fashion habits. How can you do this? Here are a few ways to be more sustainable with fashion:
Use your purse for as long as possible
We love our purses, but many of us collect more than we need. If you want to practice more sustainability in your fashion choices, consider investing in sustainable women’s bags and keeping them for as long as possible. Take your time in finding one that you love, so that you can keep it for years to come. If you do need a switch-up, consider donating your used purse to charity so it can still be used by someone who may need it.
Shop at thrift stores
Thrift stores are actually great places to find deals and stylish clothing. Whether you shop at your local thrift store or look at ones online like the RealReal with name brand styles, you can find the items you’re looking for but at a great price and in top condition.
Thrift shopping is a great way to avoid fast fashion, as you reuse clothes that in some cases have hardly been used. You’d be surprised at the trendy styles you can find at a cheap thrift store.
Buy from companies who care about sustainable fashion
Where you shop can impact the environment. While you’ll have to do some research and you may need to avoid buying items from brands that you love, it’s worth the effort if it helps the planet. There are, fortunately, some great companies out there who design clothing with sustainable practices and a safe and healthy work environment for their team. Those are the companies to shop from. There are some great options out there like Gaala and Sezane.
If you have kids, instead of buying new clothes for every child, consider saving lightly used pieces for the next one. Children tend to grow out of their clothes quickly because of continuous growth, so it could save you a lot of money to use hand-me-downs if you have a multiple child household. This can be a great way to teach your kids about sustainable practices for the environment.
This could even be a practice you do with a close friend or sibling. If one of you has an item you no longer want to use, consider giving it away to a friend or doing clothing trades with each other.
Invest in versatile pieces
While you may love your summer wear, if you live in an area that only sees so much warm weather, you may not even need all of it. It’s wise to buy according to your location, which means investing in versatile clothing that can serve a purpose throughout the year.
This can look like great cotton tops that keep you cool in the summer but look great under a blazer in the winter. Versatile pieces may require you to plan your clothes purchases carefully, but it can make a difference in how often you use them.
In this world, where fast fashion has made people buy more than they need, resulting in an excess of waste and companies producing clothing without concern for the planet, sustainability is a must. How you shop for new clothes and accessories can make a difference for our future.
So, if you haven’t yet, take time to learn how to buy from companies who are doing their part for a sustainable future. You can still be the stylish diva or hot shot you’ve always been, but when shopping with sustainability in mind, you’ll also be a smart one.
Amber is the proud mother to four beautiful children, Damian (27), Rosaleigh (14), Carlyn (11), and Naomi (8). Her family also includes four cats.
She loves being a stay-at-home mom and feels blessed to be able to care for her children full-time and provide them with so many opportunities through Metro Detroit Mommy. In addition to Metro Detroit Mommy, Amber has a passion for hosting karaoke with Malibu Entertainment. She enjoys the metro Detroit nightlife especially, singing, dancing and meeting new people.