Creating a Sustainable Wardrobe

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By Mix 94.7

Creating a sustainable wardrobe can be challenging, especially if you are a lover of shopping and name brands. Sustainable fashion is becoming more and more popular. Stats show that 8.1% of the world's greenhouse gas come from the fashion industry.  By 2030 there is expected to be 148 million tons of fashion waste. The smallest 1Thing change can help. 

Here are five steps meant to guide you through the challenge to overcome and succeed in having a more sustainable wardrobe to help the environment in which we all live together. Trying to stop the fashion waste from building up each piece / wardrobe at at time

Step One: Wardrobe Clear - out time
  • Wardrobes usually have clothing from years ago that don't fit anymore. Get two piles labelled  'Keep' & 'Donate'. Ask yourself 'Will I really wear this?'  If you hesitate and have to think of a time you may be able to wear it ... Donate it. Your donated clothing can change someone else's life for the better. Be sure to find a place to donate your clothing. Each year there is around 336,000 tons of unwanted clothing that ends up in the trash in the landfills. 

Step Two: Work with what you have

  • You may have pieces you don't want to get rid of but they are damaged. You can create new look out of your old clothing. A casual summer dress could be made out of an old t-shirt. Fix holes in pieces you have. Fix what you have rather than buying new options and creating more waste.

Step Three: Change your shopping attitude

  • Creating a sustainable wardrobe isn't a quick process. Every small change you make will contribute to it. Changing your attitude about shopping is a big factor. Shop less, fix and donate your clothing. Create a permanent attitude change you can stick with that will help you maintain a wardrobe that is sustainable. 

Step Four: Do Vintage

  • Vintage clothing is rising in popularity. The vintage world allows you options from collectables to rare clothing, something unique in your wardrobe. The best part about shopping vintage is it's eco-friendly. Buying re-usable clothing means you're getting a better quality and unique piece, for a lower price. 

Step Five: Make Rules

  • Give yourself rules for your shopping attitude to be a permanent change. If you 'Love to Shop', try cutting down or even stop shopping. If you do shop, shop vintage!  Also, set yourself a budget and stick to it. Try finding cheaper options. Always ask yourself 'Do I really need this?' before buying it. If you hesitate, then it's a NO! While making your wardrobe more sustainable, you can also save yourself money. Big time Green Win!