Fashion accounts for 20 to 35 percent of microplastic flows into the ocean. The average American throws away around 81 pounds of clothing yearly. About 85 percent of textile waste in the United States ends up in the landfills. What does this all mean? Fashion is sexy, trendy, but it can also be harmful if we're not more weary of what we're wearing. If we don't start changing our shopping habits, years from now, scientists may find traces of Forever 21 in the depths of our oceans and all over our land.
Okay but seriously, there are still plenty of ways you can look your best, feel your best and do the best for your planet and the people that surround us. Here's a few steps to get you started.
Invest in better quality items that last longer. Slow fashion trumps fast fashion. Our fashion collection
Support fashion brands that are ethical and environmentally conscious Our collection
Learn how to find sustainable materials when shopping. You can find more info about materials here.
Repair and upcycle. Acquire basic sewing skills to patch holes and sew buttons back on. If you have a bigger job on your hands, take it to an alterations shop.
Transform old clothes into new garments. For example, a dress you don’t wear can be turned into a top and skirt.Shop from sustainable clothing brands that offer post-purchase repair services
Repurpose old clothes as rags or donate to a local mechanic if no longer wearable.
Choose a few items you love to wear, and use them often.
Eliminate what you haven’t worn in the past year. You can repurpose, donate, or sell it. Let's be honest, it's taking up space, you don’t wear it, and it’ll be better in someone else’s hands.