SUSTAINABLE FASHION: Resolutions To Help The Planet
If you’re anything like me, every year on December 31st you think “This year, I’m getting my shit together!”. You tell people you’re going to be better, do better, eat better, be a better friend, mother, father, or partner. That’s what new years resolutions are about right? Improving yourself in the year to come. At least that's what we've been told (read sold) year after year.
But maybe we shouldn't think about New Years resolutions being to improve ourselves but more about improving and protecting our planet too? This year I've decided to put a bit more thought into my impact, and pledged to shop ethically and mindfully for the next 12 months.
The rules; only sustainable, ethical or secondhand fashion...
Finding sustainable brands is so much easier than it used to be! With online marketplaces like Good On You, Collab Nation and Brands For Good I've discovered so many new brands to get behind. I know a lot of folk might bring up the ol' "but ethical fashion is so expensive!" and trust me I'm always very money conscious, but ethical/sustainable fashion is only expensive if you treat it like fast fashion; if you buy an $85 organic cotton tee every few months then it's going to add up quick! But if you don't treat it like a $6 poly-something-blend tee from kmart (that you grabbed on your way out cause you liked the colour -kinda) then it's totally worth the money you spend on it! Choose smart, investment pieces that you'll wear for years and they will pay for themselves in a matter of months (unlike that kmart tee which has already shrunk a bit and you really never had anything that worked with that colour…)
My absolute favourite way of shopping sustainably is opp shopping, I love the thrill of discovering something great between that jacket with huge shoulder pads and that tube top from Supré. Look for good quality fabrics (linen is always a win!) )and prints/patterns that you love, rather than going in with something specific in mind and seek out lesser visited op-shops in smaller towns outside of the city -always a goldmine!
My final tip is planning ahead, I had a friends wedding a few months ago and wanted to wear something "special" but of course, I left it too late to buy a stunning ethical piece online! I asked friends and family and I went to check out a few of my fav op shops to find something that might work. What I finally realised was that I was confusing "special" with "new". With this more mindful approach I looked back over my wardrobe and decided to wear a much loved vintage Zimmerman piece. A dear friend handed it down to me after she'd worn it for years, and I altered to make it a little more suitable for my (breast-feeding) bod, and voila!
Do you think you could try no fast fashion for a year? I'll check back in at the 6 month mark and let you know how I'm going!