STYLE HACKS: GREEN SHOPPING
If you are like us, you share a love for both clothes and the planet. Unfortunately (and logically enough), these two passions don’t marry very well as it is today. Actually, the textile industry is considered to be one of the most damaging industries for the environment! Perhaps the time to give up shopping for good hasn’t come quite yet, but there’s definitively some tips you should put into action to make sure you go green when shopping:
1. REFILL WITH VINTAGE AND SECOND-HAND GOODS
Old is gold, it’s as simple as that. This one is at the top of our list because reducing the amount of new clothes you buy is the single most effective thing you can do. Plus, there are plenty of good-looking treasures to find in second-hand stores and vintage shops!
2. DON’T YOU DARE THROW IT AWAY
For vintage and second-hand shops to be good, we need to keep donating clothes we don’t use anymore. Don’t throw away the garments you don’t want – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Find out where you can donate used clothes in your local community, or sell them online.
3. CHANNEL YOUR INNER CRITIC – AND LISTEN TO IT
Aim to reduce or completely cut those spontaneous buys. You know those garments that seem to be calling your name from the racks, but that once you’ve brought them home, just end up at the back of the closet with the tags still on? Whenever you’re out shopping, try to come up with as many possible outfit combinations as you can before buying a new garment. If you have nothing to wear with it, it’ll most likely end up unused – or even worse, buying even more new stuff to try and match it with.
4. KNOW YOUR FACTS
In our modern and highly technological world, information is constantly at our fingertips. Educate yourself on the different fabrics and brands, and how their production process affects the environment and human lives. Some examples of more environmental friendly fabric choices are: Tencel, wool, soy cashmere and silk, organic cotton and recycled polyester.
5. DARE TO TAKE A STAND
In 2019 it’s more than OK to expect and demand that brands take actions to reduce waste or have other sustainable values. Many brands release green collections or environment-focused collaborations regularly, and supporting these is important. And for the brands that don’t seem to do much for the environment: use your voice through social media to ask why and ask for!
6. WHAT’S DIRTY?
Do you over-wash your clothes? Some garments, jeans for example, do not need to be washed between every use. Sometimes it’s simply enough to hang the garment outside in fresh air. Jeans could also benefit from some bacteria-killing time in the freezer. Oh, and remember – when you wash your clothes, use cold water sometimes, or go for the lower temperatures if possible, and choose spare the planet that dry-tumbling. In fact, putting your clothes in the washing machine or tumble dryer is definitively hard on them, so over-washing will also wear them out quicker.
7. A SOLID FOUNDATION OF BASICS
You’ve probably heard this before, but every good wardrobe needs a good set of basics that easily match with your other garments. Basic T-shirts, a good blazer, a turtleneck sweater, a comfy knit, plain black heels – and the list goes on. Of course, it must be mentioned that it will also help with your regular sense of «I have nothing to wear»… Versatility is key!
8. QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
Try to get used to the thought that you don’t need hundreds of garments, you just need garments of good quality that you will actually use. Collect clothes that you want to wear because they are comfortable and flattering – and believe that it’s worth it to pay a little extra for that level of comfort and durability. Cheap clothes that tear, fade in color or shrink easily are not fit for a green wardrobe.
9. FIX-UPS AND DIYs
Is there a hole? Bring out your sewing kit. Don’t like the cut of those jeans? Grab your scissors. And why not try to DIY your way into this seasons hottest trends? As long as you’re willing to learn (and a little bit patient), there’s A LOT you can do to your clothes to give them new life and spice up your look.
10. LET’S TALK SHOES
At least we normally use our shoes a lot and for long, but to make them last even longer, be careful to not use them all day everyday. Alternating between shoes will make your pairs last longer, because your daily foot sweat is giving them a hard time. Regular, days-long breaks from your feet is a must for your shoes longevity!