Long time, no see! I didn’t post for an entire week on my blog. For some, this might not seem like a lot but I like to post twice a week otherwise I start to feel twitchy. I was super busy trying to fit things in before moving back to uni yesterday, but I’m back. We are currently midway into UK Sustainable Fashion Week. It runs from the 11th to the 18th of September 2021, so for today’s post, I am sharing how to have a sustainable wardrobe. Enjoy ♡
What is sustainable clothing?
Sustainable clothes are ones that have been made with practices that are environmental.
If you follow me on Instagram, you will know just how much I rave about second-hand shopping! I just think it is the most genius idea. It’s more sustainable and it’s cheap – what’s there not to like?
There are lots of ways of getting second-hand clothes. I have an eBook coming soon on second-hand clothing tips – look out for it!
If you are worried about browsing through clothes in charity shops, you can look online. There are countless websites and apps that you can buy second-hand clothing from. Some are more expensive than others which is why I like to stick to my favourites.
- Re-Fashion – Varies
- Thrift+ – There’s a high street & designer section so it completely varies!
- Vinted – Cheap
- Depop – Cheap
- Facebook marketplace – Not sure
- Oxfam – Varies
- Vestiaire Collective – Expensive
- HEWI (Hardly Ever Worn It) – Expensive
- Loopster – Varies
- Beyond Retro – Varies, but on the expensive side for second-hand clothing
- Build A Bundle (this is a website for 2nd hand kids clothes! 0-16 years) – Cheap
I don’t really know any in-store second-hand shops apart from charity shops. But, there are so many charity shops that I’m sure there will be one near you! If you have lots of charity shops near you, as I do at home, you will definitely find a favourite – price, style etc.
Categorize your clothes
I can’t not organise things, and one of my favourite ways is in rainbow order. Last year in lockdown, I had a massive sort out of my wardrobe. It was already divided into 3 sections which already makes it a bit easier to locate clothes.
Section 1 – Winter
Section 2 – Summer
Section 3 – Sentimental
I know that some people like to declutter their clothes, but that isn’t what this post is about.
Within these sections, the winter and summer clothes are in rainbow order to make it easier to locate items. The sentimental clothes are just random because I’m not exactly going to wear them again! They consist of my primary school summer dress, Brownie, Rainbow or Guides uniform & my prom dress.
Once you have organised your clothes, it is not only aesthetically pleasing, but you actually remember what you own! You won’t end up buying another blue jumper when you have one already.
Don’t throw out clothes
I will never understand people who throw out clothes. This should be the process that happens before you throw out clothes:
- Use it
- If you no longer like it, sell on an app like Vinted or give it to a friend → could do a fun clothes swap
- If you can’t do that, donate to a charity shop (as long as there are no stains etc. Otherwise it will go straight to landfill)
- Mend it when it breaks
- Mend it until it can’t be mended any longer
- Upcycle into something else e.g. cotton bags, cloths
- If it is made from cotton, you can compost it
- If it isn’t and you are unable to make anything from it, then you could throw it away
R Reflections app
Recently I was one of the speakers at an environmental summit that Humans For Earth organised. One of the other speakers was Rebecca from R Reflections. R Reflections is an app that allows you to virtually try on clothes. This reduces the number of clothes that are bought and sent back if they don’t fit (they are often thrown away then), as well as carbon dioxide emissions.
How does it work?
- You take a photo of either your face or body
- Fit your body or face inside the frame
- Adjust the sliders to show how your body looks
- Upload photos of clothes you want to try on (must have a transparent background)
- Or, search for clothes on the app e.g. top, dress.
I think it is such a brilliant idea and will definitely revolutionise the fashion industry!
Where you can find R Reflections:
If you still don’t understand the issue with fast fashion, it is really important to educate yourself. There are a number of different ways to do this.
- Watch a documentary
- Read a blog post – Here’s one of mine: 5 Fast Facts about fast fashion
- Read a book – I really want to read How To Break Up With Fast Fashion by Lauren Bravo
- Social media – There are plenty of informative accounts and/or posts
Shop at sustainable clothing shops
The first and most important step is to RESEARCH. Greenwashing occurs so much at the moment, so make sure you go onto their website and have a read of their sustainable practices, or go to Good On You (they rate how sustainable and ethical a shop is).
Personally, I haven’t bought many clothes from sustainable clothing shops because they are out of my budget. The reason they are so expensive is that they last for a long time. The cheaper the material, the less time it will last for. Fast fashion, quite literally, is what it says on the tin. Their objective is for clothes to last little time so that the consumer will buy more clothes and keep up with the trends.
There are so many amazing sustainable clothing shops out there and I wish I could buy from all of them. I’m sure you can relate, which is why you should have a browse through the following and put them on your Christmas list.
- Lucy and Yak – I have their lilac fleece on my Christmas list! They have amazing things, I would also love their black shorter dungaree style dress
- Onesta – Their clothes are quite expensive but they look so comfy 😍
- Thought – Also expensive but the clothes are so beautiful!
- Rapanui – I love this shop and I’m definitely going to order something from there soon. I think that they are a pretty good price for sustainable clothing
- Rokit – Not too expensive for sustainable clothes
- Nobody’s Child – A lot of the clothes are currently on sale and they are a really good price, their normal price isn’t too bad either
Related post: Eco-friendly kids clothing range review by Terri from The Strawberry Fountain
Look after your clothes better
I’m not saying that you should get your clothes dry cleaned or anything like that! Just don’t throw them out or buy new clothes as soon as they begin to fade or break.
- Fix them once they start to break – If you can’t sew, you can pay someone to do it for not too much money or maybe a family member will do it
- Don’t wash them after every single use – Socks and pants are obviously different, but you don’t need to wash your clothes after every use. Save water and energy and wash them when you have worn them for a while, they start to smell or you spill something!
- Wash at a lower temperature (30 degrees) – So this doesn’t entirely relate to looking after your clothes, but I couldn’t not mention it! Last year when I had to pay for each wash, it was so much cheaper and quicker to wash the clothes at 30 degrees. We all want to save on our bills, so wash your clothes at a colder temperature.
I hope this blog post has made you more aware of how to have a sustainable wardrobe!
Best wishes, Cx