The fast fashion industry is a source of controversy for many people, especially if you’re trying to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. Updating your wardrobe without causing any more damage to the environment can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. We’ve got some suggestions here that’ll help you stay green and looking good!
Give Thrifting a Try
Thrifting, or buying used clothing items (frequently from a thrift shop, hence the name,) has become a rather popular method of eco-friendly shopping. Rather than creating demand for more brand-new clothes, thrifting allows for gently used items to be repurposed rather than thrown away, thereby cutting down on the amount of perfectly serviceable clothing being sent to landfills. There are a number of ways to go about thrifting, and not all of them involve going to a physical store. In addition to checking out your local Goodwill, charity shops, and garage sales, try looking on websites such as eBay, Poshmark, and Mercari. Not only will thrifting help the environment, it can also help your wallet: in many cases you can find truly great pieces (sometimes brand-new) for a fraction of their original cost.
Repurpose Old Clothing
This one might require a bit of handiness with a needle and thread, but that’s a skill easily learned. Instead of buying new clothes, why not give your existing clothing, particularly those pieces that you really don’t wear anymore, a facelift? You can add patches or beadwork to a denim jacket, turn an out-of-style dress into a cool new shirt, or even go for the tried-and-true classic of cutoff jeans. This will enable you to not only save money, but it can be loads of fun, too, and best of all? Those jeans with the ratty hemline or the jacket with the stain won’t be going into a landfill, but right back into your everyday wardrobe.
Pick Up a New Skill
Handicrafts, such as knitting, sewing, and needlepoint, are experiencing a resurgence in interest, and they can go a long way in helping the planet and your wardrobe. Do you have a bunch of old t-shirts that you never wear anymore or an ugly sweater that you wore once for an ugly sweater contest but haven’t touched since? Try turning them into something that you’ll use—t-shirts can make great blankets with a little bit of handiwork with a sewing machine, and you can fairly easily unravel an unused sweater to re-knit or re-crochet a new garment.
There are a lot of ways that you can turn your wardrobe “green”, so to speak. You can keep old clothes out of the landfill and avoid the fast fashion industry in a number of ways, including thrifting, repurposing old clothes, and using skills such as knitting and sewing to refresh your wardrobe with items that you already have in your closet. For more information on adopting eco-friendly practices, just ask!