Every day we make choices and those choices often have an impact on other people and on the environment. And while we’re very aware that our decisions about energy and food affect the pollution and the climate, many of us still seem unaware that our fashion choices do the same.
If you’ve seen the documentary “A True Cost” that I’ve previously recommended, you know that the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters. In fact, it comes right after the oil industry, causing massive problems around the globe. Fast fashion is democratizing fashion by making it available to everyone, but those cheap garments come at a high price, that our planet is paying. That is why being mindful about the way we shop is important and implementing a couple of small changes can make a huge difference.
As I’ve learned more about the impact of fast garment production I decided to slowly change the way I look at clothes. Most of us buy and own a lot. Clothes are all around us and with very tempting prices, making it easy to stuff our closets with often unnecessary things.
I decided to ask myself; how much do I really need?
I decided to buy less, but better quality. Besides changing my view on fashion and clothes, I also implemented a few different ways to “shop” into my routine. My first step was to clean out my closet. There is so much joy in getting all the unnecessary things out and sorting out all the pieces that you actually need and love. The pile that was no longer serving me was saved to be used for a clothes swap, flea market or to be donated. It was my first time doing a clothes swap a couple of months ago and seeing someone give a new home to the clothes I no longer needed made me super happy. Whatever was left after the swap was donated and we all know the importance of helping out in any way to the ones in need. The clothes and fabrics that were in bad shape to be donated or swapped ended up in the recycling pile. A lot of shops here in Stockholm like H&M or Lindex will take the clothes from you and recycle the fabrics. What could get fixed ended up in my sew, shorten, remove the stain pile that is still not finished.
Now, when I say bye to my clothes they end up either in somebody else’s closet or in the recycling bin. I also try to use them as much as possible and take proper care of them before giving them away. I also buy second hand. I realise now that my choices, as small as they may seem, make a difference.
Do you also try to be mindful about your fashion choices? Why not start somewhere and come to Best of You´s next clothes swap?
By: Ivona Iwarra Josipovic / Photo cred: lily-like.com