So much has been said and written about sustainable fashion and that's certainly good news. It's great to read about everyone trying to do better where the environment is concerned but is reading and writing about it enough? How does one practise it from day-to-day? Here are a few ways to practise what you preach:
1. Support ‘Slow Fashion’
Learn all about the slow fashion movement and imbibe it in your daily life. Slow fashion means designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity. It encourages slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints, and to some extent zero waste.
2. Capsule Wardrobe
As the word suggests, the clothes need to be kept to a minimum number. So you stock mostly the basics. You got your basic whit short, your blue jean, LBD, something striped, something washed and some jackets and layers etc. The set of clothing does not exceed 30-35 pieces that can be mixed and matched and accessorised to create different looks. This will help greatly in reducing decision fatigue and you can make time for other things you love.
3. Follow blogs
The world isn't as complicated as it used to be thanks to the availability of help in every nook and corner. When you adopt a new lifestyle it's tough. Instead of beating yourself trying to gather the ropes of this change rely on people who have already done the hard work. Similarly living with a smaller wardrobe or not buying as much won't come easily. Follow blogs that help you with this sustainable lifestyle and how to maintain it. You can check out ‘fashion hedge’, ‘eco warrior princess’ or ‘live eco’ for tips and tricks.
4. Learn about ethical brands and alternatives
Yes, it is true that the big guns haven't all gone down this road but there are many amazing ethical designers and brands. You will also find certain blogs that will suggest alternatives for your favourite nonethical brands. One such blog is ‘The Peahen’ where its founder Kasi talks about ethical fashion.
5. Make your own
Nothing works like taking matters in your own hands. If you can't find it, make it! Help is always offered on the internet. There are a growing number of blogs that are offering tips, tricks and DIY’s using which you can surely succeed in your own projects. This will give you a sense of achievement, you will value the garment more hence wear it more and it's fun!