How to Transition to a Sustainable Wardrobe

Sustainability seems to be the biggest fashion trend lately, as the word has been emblazoned across fashion magazines and adapted into clothing brands everywhere. However, it is more than just a seasonal trend. Rather, it’s an important movement towards ethical fashion that the industry is rightly taking seriously.

Now more than ever, sustainability can no longer be neglected. Powerful change is needed to save the environment, and thankfully, initiatives like the Fashion Pact have been leading the way within the sector. With 150 brands — including Gucci, Chanel, Nordstrom, and Stella McCartney — in fashion’s capital city of France participating, the movement hopes to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity protection, and ocean preservation across production and sales processes.

Given this, you can take your cue from fashion’s biggest names by transforming your wardrobe into a sustainable one. Here are the steps you should consider taking towards a greener closet:

Step 1: Have a Moment of Contemplation
Before you radically revamp your wardrobe, it’s crucial to have a good look at your closet and remember the purpose of your project. Firmly setting the intention of ethical fashion in your mind can not only help you power through the entire process, but also lead you to practice sustainability outside of your wardrobe — serving as your beginning towards an ethical lifestyle.

Step 2: De-clutter Your Closet

To be a productive participant in the movement for sustainable fashion, you will need to lighten the load of your wardrobe. By streamlining your closet, you can focus on what clothing items you need, instead of buying every season’s latest trend and ending up with way too many clothes that you never want to wear again.

While master organiser Marie Kondo asks the question “Does it spark joy?” when she tidies things up, you can challenge yourself with questions like “Is it true to my style?” or “Do I see myself wearing this again?” Questions like these can help guide you in sustainably cleaning out your closet.
Step 3: Donate Your Clothes

After you’ve sorted out your existing wardrobe, you might be wondering what to do with all the clothes you’ve just taken out. Although it may be easy to simply send them straight to the rubbish bin, throwing out your clothes only contributes to even more pollution in landfills.

Instead, think about how you can extend these items’ life and usefulness. Beauty and fashion website Pretty Me recommends upcycling or donating clothes that have already served their purpose. There are many avenues where you can send those pieces to, such as thrift stores and charities. This is not only a great step towards a greener lifestyle, but it can also do a world of good for people who can’t afford new items.

Step 4: Shop Intentionally
So with regard to the clothes that you do keep in your closet, the best option for transitioning to a sustainable wardrobe is to repeatedly wear them and keep them out of landfills.
And when you do feel the need to shop for an addition to your pared down wardrobe, do consider buying from brands that observe ethical fashion processes. Keep away from fast fashion, which the United Nations has revealed to be a major source of carbon emissions and wastewater. That’s because fast fashion brands focus on speed of production, use, and disposal rather than sustainability. Instead, turn towards more ethical everyday brands like the radically transparent Know The Origin and the certified carbon-neutral MUD Jeans.

Article Contributed by Kelly Anders.



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