In my best sustainable materials post, I mentioned how the fashion industry is the 2nd largest polluter in the world. Fast fashion is the leading cause of this. Fast fashion means to get the trends off the cat walk into the stores and made as cheaply as possible. But at what cost? It’s the reason for the 16 million tonnes of textile waste. It also causes damage to the environment and endangers the workers. And it encourages disposable fashion. Personally, I would rather spend my money on classic and timeless pieces rather than trendier ones. Here are 3 ways you can quit fast fashion.
I’ve personally have never had that good of luck going to thrift shops. Granted, I have found a couple good pieces. There are also so many great sites like The Real Real, Thred Up and even buying or renting from Rent The Runway.
Buy Organic and Sustainable
When buying new pieces, make sure it comes from a sustainable brand that uses organic and fair trade materials and practices. Some of my favourite brands include Everlane, Veja, Reformation, Faithful The Brand, Madewell, J.Crew, Sézane and Pact.
Don’t Throw Clothes Away
Like I mentioned above, there are tonnes of clothing and textiles filling up our landfills. Don’t throw away your clothes. There are so many places where you can donate your unwanted items to. And there are also recycling services for clothes that are no longer wearable.