If you’re reading this post right now, you probably like fashion. And if you like fashion, you probably like shopping. I do, too. However, considering the earth needs more sensitivity than ever its very important that we become more aware of our shopping habits.
It’s very easy to get swept away during a sale and forget your impact on the earth. If you’re anything like me, that’s understandable. But we can’t continue this trend if we want to continue having a healthy earth. Of course there are plenty of things you can do outside of the upcoming tips to become more eco-friendly, but considering this is a fashion website we’re going to focus on fashion. But I do recommend educating yourself on having a more eco-friendly lifestyle after reading this.
1. Shop at Sustainable Shops!
This seems kinda obvious, but I figure it was still an important tip. There are plenty of cute shops that are very eco-friendly. While some shops can be a little expensive, most are affordable. My personal favorite sustainable shops are Kindred Black, Hazel & Rose, Reformation, Belvele, and Done Good.
2. Thrift Shop!
The facts are that buying second hand items does create less of a waste of clothes. Plus, you can find a ton of cute and unique items for a cheap price. If you’re more of a online shopper, sites like Depop have the same effect as in-person thrift shopping.
3. Avoid These Certain Fabrics!
When you shop, it is important to try to avoid certain fabrics. Fabrics like polyester are made from oil and is considered a “plastic thread”, synthetic fibers put microfibers into the waterways, and viscose rayon turns plants into a textile through a toxic that contributes to the disappearance of rainforests.
4.) Avoid Fast Fashion Brands!
Fast fashion brands such as Fashion Nova, Forever 21, etc are bad to the environment and have a history of paying their workers unfairly. If that isn’t enough of a reason to stop shopping there, then here’s a link to their Hot Cheetos collection.
5.) Donate/Recycle Your Clothes!
95% of the textiles that filled landfills could have been recycled. Spending a Saturday afternoon donating clothes that you don’t use could help support your community and avoid production of unnecessary waste.