I have a problem. I know it's a problem but I'm not ready to go cold turkey. Because see, I also LOVE a bargain.
This top is only $17, but looks and feels much more expensive. I'm a fan but my conscious is also bruised because I know it was manufactured and shipped from China. Inexpensive clothes are part of the fast fashion industry and contribute to waste, environmental issues, and the one that truly breaks my heart, may violate child-labor laws in manufacturing. And yet, fast fashion is a $31.4B global industry, so I know I'm not the only one with a problem. Because sustainable fashion can cost more to produce, it retails for more, as well. It's understandable, but it also may not be attainable for the average consumer. That's why I'm thrilled budget brands like H&M and Walmart with their new Free Assembly label are committed to adding more and more sustainable fashions to their line-up.
My hope is that these corporations can lead the way on making the process of sustainable fashion more efficient so that others are more open to the possibility. But I also want to take a moment and thank all of the fair trade small businesses working so hard to convince society that doing things the right way is worth it. Some of my favorites are Noonday Collection, Madewell, and Pura Vida. To discover more fair-trade brands committed to sustainability, please check out www.fairtradecertified.org.Although shopping with sustainability in mind is great, there are also other ways to be less of a fashion burden. Shop your closet more and find multiple ways to style an item! I love taking something like this basic black dress from H&M and showing how it can be worn differently.
You can always up-cycle your clothing, as well. This site has amazing DIY tutorials for you to follow and gain inspiration! Another way to be part of the solution is to host a clothing swap with friends. Just because you've moved on from an item doesn't mean someone else won't love it! And vice-versa! Finally, buying second-hand is affordable AND sustainable. I picked up this pair of shorts from Plato's Closet.
I've sold clothes to Plato's Closet before, too! I'd love to hear from you other ways to break our fast fashion habits. The comment section is open below. Please be respectful and kind. This is a safe space for us to learn, develop, and grow together!Peace love & hugs!
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Published June 14th, 2021 9:49 PM
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These are great tips! Thanks for sharing.