Guest Blog: 6 Ways to Make Better and More Sustainable Shopping Decisions
Today on the blog we have a guest post from the lovely Amy Mia Goldsmith! I love her website High Style Life and her article about 6 Ways to Make Better and More Sustainable Shopping Decisions is definitely something my boyfriend would say I could learn from! I’ve always loved the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I also love being able to shop my own closet. I completely agree with her point about not buying more stuff than you need. There’s only so many sandals a girl really needs! So last year I donated at least half my wardrobe full of things I was no longer wearing, but holding onto out of pure nostalgia. Holding onto things you don’t need just takes up space in your closets making it harder to make cute outfits with all your old stuff in the way. Give your back of the closet clothing to those who need it and make some space! I’ve always loved the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I also love being able to shop my own closet. Maybe this article will convince me!
Even though shopping is almost every woman’s absolute favorite, the fact is that our shopping decisions have a disastrous impact on our planet. The clothing industry is one of the world’s largest polluters thanks to the emergence of fast fashion, and the sad fact is that tons of unwanted clothes end up in landfills that are hazardous to our environment. Making some smart and sustainable shopping decisions is therefore crucial, and if you want to know how to accomplish that, just stay with us and keep on reading. Here are six such decisions you should make ASAP.
Build a capsule wardrobe
Capsule wardrobe is a concept invented back in the 80s, which is designed to help women refine their wardrobe and cut it down to a limited number of high-quality essentials they can wear over and over again. This way you won’t fill your wardrobe with unnecessary items that take up so much room. About 30 essential garments are all you need to build a good capsule wardrobe, and that’s probably one of the best sustainable fashion decisions you can make.
Learn to sew
Learning to sew can benefit both your wallet and the planet in general. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should create new clothes all by yourself, but that you can make some essential adjustments and mend your damaged garments to prolong their lifetime. Apart from saving your money and helping you come up with unique and personalized clothing items, this skill will contribute to reducing the amount of clothes that are being sent to landfills and save the environment that way.
Even though it isn’t many people’s cup of tea, shopping at thrift and secondhand stores is actually one of the best ways to reduce your clothing footprint and save loads of cash at the same time. This is an amazing opportunity to get some quality and authentic items at really awesome prices, and you know what? You can also find some fantastic designer pieces for just a couple of dollars! So, switch to secondhand as soon as possible and convince your boyfriend to do the same – there’s cheap clothing for him as well, so make sure he knows that.
Opt for ethical clothing
Ethical fashion basically represents a specific approach to the design and manufacture of clothing that maximizes the benefits to the consumers while minimizing the impact on the environment. Buying ethical clothing means that you’re consciously opting for saving the planet by counteracting environmental concerns, which is one of the essential goals of ethical fashion. Sustainable clothes are the future of fashion, and we’ll all do much better as soon as we understand that.
Stop buying more than you actually need
Overspending and buying clothes you don’t actually need are the two major issues consumers are facing these days, which is why you need to learn how to fight overconsumption and work with what you already have. Instead of filling your wardrobe with unnecessary garments, you should mix and match those pieces you already have and come up with some brand new combos that express your creativity in the best possible way. So, apart from saving a lot of money, you’ll actually get a chance to be innovative and show your visionary combos to the world!
Wash less and hang dry
Even though washing your clothes seems inevitable if you want to look and feel fresh and clean, the fact is that washing them too often can damage the fabric and make your garments last shorter than they should. It may sound silly, but hanging your clothes out in the sun can kill bacteria that cause odor, which is exactly what you should after a couple of wears. Of course, you shouldn’t stop washing your clothes – just use a cold setting and avoid using a dryer, so that the fabric remains intact for a longer period of time.
Each of these six sustainable fashion decisions is crucial if you want to be more planet-friendly and save loads of money at the same time. Just be sure to choose your garments wisely and always pick quality over quantity. Once that’s done, you’ll see a fantastic improvement!
Amy Mia Goldsmith is an Aussie blogger in love with fashion, beauty, and style. her mission is to inform the world of all the things she loves and enjoys. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.