Being a woman of fashion I LOVE CLOTHES. The problem in our world is the ever growing sector of fast fashion. Fast fashion is basically all of the stores you see in the mall or online that sell clothing for low prices and usually doesn't last a while. It is called fast fashion because these companies process millions of garments that fit the trends of the season and then they are gone and create new items for the next season. Brands such as Forever 21, H&M, Charlotte Russe, Urban Outfitters and Shein are just a few fast fashion brands.
The Fashion Industry is the second largest polluter in the world.
The problem with fast fashion is that all of these products are made synthetically so that production times can be increased as well as the amount of items produced. This is where sustainability comes into play. This 'fast fashion' is not good for the environment between the synthetic materials and the factories they are produced in. Check out this website for an in-depth explanation of fast fashion and its environmental impact. Or this one.
Now that you have the rundown of fashion's environmental impact here is how I am thriving with sustainable fashion.
After working at a Goodwill in high school I have been into thrifting for clothes. There are so many unique pieces that you can find at a thrift store. Recently, I have come across sites such as Poshmark and Depop where people will sell their used clothing online, more recently there are a lot of thrifting Instagram pages that are selling used and thrifted clothing as well.
Here are a few Instagram shops I have bought from that are amazing!
Remember when your mom made you wear your siblings hand-me-down clothes?
Be thankful, you were helping the environment even when you didn't know you were.
Scroll through to see a few of my favorite thrifting finds!
The great thing about thrifting is that the clothing you buy is being reused which isn't impacting the environment negatively because you are wearing something that is already produced. Also the clothes at thrift shops are usually way cheaper than in a department store!
Up-cycle your clothing. Buying at thrift shops means cheap prices which means you can create your own pieces. I have painted Jean jackets, added patches and pins to make things by own. There are endless possibilities when you thrift especially when it comes to expressing your style. People donate clothes they think are 'out of style' but this doesn't mean the clothes actually are, many clothing trends leave but they usually come back into style. I know corduroy and straight leg or "mom jeans" were popular in the 70's and 80's and they are pieces that fast fashion stores are selling now, but with thrifting I am able to find these pieces from brands that were around in the 70's and 80's that were made more sustainable than now.
Flipping the idea of thrifting if you have clothes that you do not wear anymore take them to places that can be thrifted. Give away/donate/sell your used clothes so that they do not end up in a land fill. Be sustainable! I still have clothes saved in my storage from middle school because you never know when things will come back into style and it allows me to re-wear clothes again. I recently just looked in my storage bins and found sweaters that I didn't wear that often from years ago and they still fit me - which meant I was adding it to my current wardrobe.
Fashion doesn't have to always be on trend, or cost a lot. But in 2020 your fashion shouldn't be impacting the environment in a negative way. Make a change in your style, Thifting is thriving.