BY ASHIMA SETHI
Every year, it’s estimated that each person produces over 37 kg of fashion waste. That’s a lot of dump just sitting in landfills. As a result, we’ve put together tips on how to embrace sustainable fashion—a term that encompasses clothing that’s environmentally-friendly, as well as people-friendly!
1. SHOP LOCALLY
Not only does this minimise transport pollution but it also supports the local community.
2. PICK THE RIGHT FABRICS
The greenest fabrics are ones that are made with renewable fibres that are easy to grow, use limited water and energy, and are recyclable. Think bamboo, silk, soy, hemp, and organic cotton.
3. GO FAUX
Millions of animals are killed for wool, leather and fur. Totally unacceptable when there are alternatives available.
4. SAY NO TO FAST FASHION
When price tags are low, it often means low quality and unethical labour practices. Instead of falling for bargain buys, invest in timeless staple items that will last.
5. BUY VINTAGE
For items that are eco-conscious and budget-friendly, used clothes are your best bet. Check out thrift stores, vintage markets, swap parties, or even buy online.
6. SUPPORT ECO-LABELS
Many brands, like Patagonia and Alternative Apparel, are sustainable with their materials and labour practices. Do your research before shopping.
Divert waste from landfills by donating clothes to shelters or charities.
8. DIY DIVA
Turn your old fashion into new items, accessories, or even décor.
9. THROW IN THE TOWEL
Wash clothing only when necessary to save water and energy, and use organic laundry detergent without toxins and petrochemicals.
10. SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP
Bring along your own fabric bag to avoid plastic ones.