Sustainable Fashion

Consumerism exists everywhere. The fashion industry is the second largest cause of environmental pollution around the world - second only to the oil industry. Textile production and the creation and consumption of many products is having a negative effect on the environmental sustainability of our world. This is a trillion dollar industry that is largely embedded into our social constructs. We have an engagement and what we’ll be wearing is almost always a top priority on the to-do list.

The solution is in the problem - consumerism exists everywhere. So let’s educate and inspire conscious shoppers through supporting companies, brands, and products that use sustainable resources and ethical practice. By creating compassionate consumers, we can help shape a better world where creation and consumption endure without compromising the needs of future generations.

Earth Pledge (non-profit org.) states that “Roughly 2/3rd of a garment’s carbon footprint will still occur after purchase.” The average American throws away nearly 70 pounds of clothing per year. Then there are the topics of water consumption, energy consumption, and plastics within our clothes - I don’t think I need to make this point here, but hey - unless you’re in the Arctic and have to skin a bunny for literal warmth and survival - DON’T! Fur is cute, sure - but you know what’s cuter? Being an ethical human that sustains life.

Almost 60% of clothing around the globe is made of synthetic fabrics. Each time a synthetic garment is washed, it releases tiny particles that pass through treatment plants. Treated water is then cycled back into the planets earth supply, carrying these tiny fibres which eventually enter our food chain. Plastic straws was one feat, this here, is another.

You can avoid polluting tiny plastic particles by using a laundry bag in the wash for your synthetic garments. The laundry bag will help your garments stay in shape, and any pieces that do come off can be caught and easily removed from the bag. You can also think about finding clothing that is made from natural fibres like organic cotton, wool, or hemp.

Think about where your clothes are coming from. Not only from a material stand-point, but also, where they are made. Are they supporting local communities? Are they doing good for more than just your back? Think of your dollar as a vote - and each purchase you make as a mission to make the world how you want to see it. Every decision, every tiny circumstance - does matter. It’s apart of a whole. Don’t ever down play that. Alternatively, you can donate your clothes and purchase second-hand items (I swear I’ve found some of the coolest, vintage pieces this way).