Sustainable Fashion Tips to implement into your lifestyle!
Nearly 150 million tons of clothing and shoes are sold worldwide each year. Out of 150 million tons, 85% end up in landfills or incinerators instead of finding their way back into the product life cycle. In New York alone, 200,000 tons of clothing and textiles are thrown out each year. Sustainability has become an increasingly popular topic in the fashion industry over the past few years. Consumers are ditching fast fashion brands and focusing on brands that are creating their products ethically and sustainably. To decrease the amount of clothing waste consumers must understand what they can do when it comes to discarding of old clothing and purchasing new ones.
For some, figuring out how to become more sustainable may be overwhelming. If you find yourself being one of those people, we have some suggestions on where you can start.
Here are 5 tips to begin your journey into the world of sustainable fashion:
Making sure the brands you purchase from are ethically sourcing their fabrics is a good first step in building a more sustainable wardrobe. Do your research when deciding whether to purchase an item. Usually, the brands website will provide valuable information regarding how they source and create their garments.
To avoid having your clothes end up in landfills quickly after you purchase them, think before you buy. Try and picture if you can successfully wear an item over 30 times. The #30wearchallenge was started by Olivia Firth and is a simple way for people to try and be more sustainable. There is an app for the challenge, where you can keep track of all the time you’ve worn an item until you finally hit 30.
Download Here: https://30wears.app/
Shopping at vintage and thrift stores has become increasingly popular over the years. Thrifting allows customers to find unique styles that have been donated from previous owners, finding their way back into the product cycle and avoiding landfills. Instead of running to the mall when you need a new pair of jeans, try finding a pair second hand. The thrill of finding something amazing at the thrift store makes it an even more enjoyable experience than shopping at and fast fashion store and is way more sustainable!
According to the #Whatsinmywash Campaign, “1/3 of all primary micro-plastics in our oceans comes from washing textiles, including our clothes”. In simpler terms, half a million tons of plastic microfibers contribute to the pollution of our oceans. Microfibers include common fabrics like, polyester, nylon and acrylic. When washing these fabrics, they produce micro-beads which are shed during washing and find themselves polluting our waters. The #WhatsInMyWash Campaign suggests following these tips when it comes time to cleaning your clothes.
Sprucing up your old clothes can be a fun and creative way to be more sustainable. If you’re new to up-cycling, try starting out by cutting an old t-shirt into a crop top for a more modern style or turning your old denim jeans into denim shorts for the summer. If you want to take it to the next level and use your old fabrics to create new items, start doing research on beginners sewing tips. On the BCD Planet YouTube channel, we provide step-by-step tutorials on intro sewing skills.
BCD Planet: How to Thread a Sewing Machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3Tcx2FU36w