So this month’s exploration of Sustainable and Thrifty fashions has been an eye-opener for all of us as we continue to change and grow.
Learning about what affect my fast and cheap fashion has on the environment and on workers leaves me feeling ashamed. I knew how bad it was but I stayed in my usual habits because it was just easier. But this year is my year of change and that includes what I wear and the impact it makes on the earth we live in and for the people who live here.
So through this series you have seen one of the ways you can be sustainable in what you wear. Buying from consignment or thrift stores. You can also buy and sell online from places like Facebook Marketplace or the bartering app Bunz.
But with sustainability becoming such an important idea in the minds of people today there is of course many other options as we move forward in lowering our ecological footprint and living more consciously.
Sustainable or eco-fashion is the direct answer to fast fashion. Generally made using natural fabrics, non-harmful dyes and by using less water. An added bonus if it is not made in a sweatshop. So not only is there inception better for the environment but so is their lifespan.
Most eco-fashion clothing is made from recycled materials, hemp, soy silk, organic cotton and linen. All of which are better for your body as well as the environment. They are made to last longer and because they are not mass produced are often seen as original pieces, (no showing up to a party and someone is wearing the same thing as you.)
Two downsides to eco-fashion is the price and convenience . One of the reason most people buy fast fashion is because it is cheap and easy to find. Head to your closest supermarket and you are most likely to find some kind of mass-produced clothing for under $20. For many people clothing is not something they can spend a lot of money on and so fast fashion is the only thing they can get.
Been sustainable must mean taking care of yourself first! If you can’t afford to travel and find a eco-friendly garment nor can you afford the pricetag then you should not feel bad about wearing what you do. But for those of us who have the means to do so we should for only through our buying behaviours can we influence the big department stores to be more slow fashion friendly.
If we can use our privilege to drive forward good, positive change than the big guys will have to listen. They will have to stop using sweatshops therefore saving workers in devolping countries from the inhumane conditions they are forced to work in. They will have to stop cutting down forests to plant non-organic cotton plants for mass-produced materials. They will be forced to create materials that last longer and move away from the planned obsolence model. They will be forced to think about the consumers because at the end of the day all they care about it their bottom line. So if the bottom line starts to live sustainably then they have to change their ways.
So dear readers, remember life is about change so lets change for the better and just remember to live fashionably sustainable!