It’s that time of the year again! We’ve made it to 2018, a new year, and for some, a whole new fresh start. We must have heard a million New Year’s resolutions by now, probably revolving the typical gym declaration, bad habits, or financial stability. What about fashion? A fresh start could easily be done right in your closet, making sustainable fashion YOUR New Year’s Resolution (for those who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon just yet).
The fashion industry is one of the largest industries in the globe, and for something that’s pretty much worn every second of the day, you can expect it to be pretty important. With the growing industry comes many consequences in production and its wear, generating mass pollution and extremely hazardous health concerns around the world. Although there is a very limited amount of control us consumers hold, the best we can do is make the small (but HUGE) decision on where we choose to shop, and what we choose to put on our backs. After all, what we wear as consumers are ultimately what we support.
Below are three small, but truly impactful things you can do to make a difference and jump-start an incredible New Year’s Resolution!
This is the most straightforward action you can take. Start with looking into various brands and making a change on where you shop. Not only will you be wearing quality clothing, but you’ll feel amazing after knowing the pieces are good and safe for humanity and the Earth. Sustainable fashion is growing within the industry, so finding brands is becoming easier and easier!
Here are a couple of starters:
Choose Your Textiles Wisely
Maybe you’re still hooked on certain pieces, but still, want to make that first shift towards sustainability. The best way to do that is looking into the production and materials used for making your garments. Try to stay away from synthetic fibers such as Polyester and Acrylic. These textiles shed their microfibers into waterways, contaminating not only the ocean itself but probably even the seafood you consume. As for leather, the tanning process is actually so toxic that 90% of individuals who live nearby tanning facilities die before the age of 50!
It can be pretty difficult to avoid these fabrics, as they appear in athleisure, swimwear, and many of the other stretchy, comfy clothing we all enjoy wearing. Choosing fabrics doesn’t have to be a bummer, but just has to be done a bit smarter. Some low-impact textiles include recycled polyester, silks, hemp, linen, and cotton. Don’t be afraid to look into what your purchasing; supporting these less harmful fabrics is the best way to go!
Relating back to recycled textiles is recycling your clothing. Not only is buying secondhand beneficial but making the decision to sell secondhand rather than trashing your garments, makes all of the difference. Thrift shops are everywhere and are a good source to not only get some good pieces, but the perfect way to resist landfill. This can be a cheaper route and extremely impactful.
Make sustainable fashion your New Year’s resolution every year!