Do you ever worry about the impact of your wardrobe choices on the environment? Perhaps you want to invest in trendy, environmentally friendly apparel that does not negatively impact humans or the environment but are unsure where to begin. The first step is to get the basics right— learning how to make the switches that can make your wardrobe sustainable and functional.
Join us as we share simple yet effective tips to get you started in building an ethical and sustainable everyday wardrobe!
- Revisit your closet
Are you making the most of what you already possess? Maximizing the use of already-owned items is an indispensable component of practicing sustainability. Take out everything you own, and separate what you wear, what you hardly wear, and what you've never worn. This can help you organize your closet and clear out the donatable or re-purposable items. You may also discover items that are as good as new, just waiting to be worn, omitting the need for fresh purchases. This will help you avoid buying new pieces.
- Celebrate the art of mending & reusing
The buy-and-throw culture dominates modern times. The world is so accustomed to the vicious fast fashion cycle that we would rather waste dollars buying new items than repairing our existing ones. Mending and fixing old items does not require extensive streamlined manual labor. It is free and can be fun too! Find interesting ways to transform them such as using embroideries, patches, and dyes. Aside from mending and fixing, consider swapping clothes. Maybe you have designs your friends or family may enjoy? And you, theirs? Perfect! No more wasting money buying new times or generating waste by throwing out the old.
- Voice your beliefs
Doing everything you can to spread awareness and information is a great way to promote sustainable fashion. Take part in peaceful rallies, promote individuals on social media platforms that advocate for the cause, sign petitions, contribute to fundraising efforts, etc.
- Heighten self-awareness
Leaving behind continuous shopping habits and overconsumption is among the first steps you can take when it comes to promoting sustainability. We can avoid fast fashion and wardrobe by educating ourselves and being aware. Keeping up with podcasts, news, documentaries, etc., related to what supports and promotes ethical fashion can help us better understand the cause before we proceed with actions.
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- Shop intentionally
There will be times when refraining from buying new items is not possible. What can you do when you find yourself in that position? A wonderful alternative is to thrift from local stores. And if you must shop, choose environmentally responsible, sustainable brands. Support brands that have transparent supply chains and actually walk the talk (pay the workers fairly, use sustainable fabrics, and so on).
Here at Terra Thread, we do things differently! We believe great products should not cost the Earth:
- We only use certified fairtrade and organic cotton to make our products.
- Our products are manufactured in Fair Trade Certified factories.
- With each purchase, we give back to Feeding America.
- We ship our products without plastic or unnecessary packaging.
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