Sustainable fashion is a vital movement in the fashion world today for both designers and consumers. Eco-friendly fashion ensures that designers take the environment and social responsibility into account when designing and creating a collection of clothing and accessories. According to the EPA, nearly 26 billion pounds of clothing are sent to landfills each year. Recycling clothing can be a way to make extra money, find designer pieces at a lower price, and help the environment all at the same time.
The benefits of circular fashion
Recycling items such as clothing and accessories by choosing consignment promotes the practice of circular fashion, all part of a building a circular economy. Circular fashion occurs as clothes, shoes, and accessories are designed, sourced, and produced with the intention to be used and circulated responsibly in society for as long as possible in their most valuable form, and return safely to the biosphere when no longer of human use.
Recycling fashion through consignment reduces the amount of pollution from agriculture and production. Growing crops, such as cotton, waste 60 percent of the water it uses and pollutes waterways with the runoff from pesticides. Once the raw materials needed for textile creation are grown, producing the fabric in a factory releases pollutants such as carbon dioxide. Even clothing companies that say they are environmentally friendly often pollute the environment when they fail to check the practices of their raw materials or packaging source. By recycling clothing and accessories at consignment stores, you can reduce the water pollution from crops as well as the emissions from factories.
Shop local consignment
One of the easiest and most effective ways to make eco-friendly fashion a priority in your everyday life is by shopping at consignment and resale boutiques that are local. With consumer waste at an all-time high, purchasing clothes, shoes, accessories, and bags that are being consigned locally is an easy step towards an eco-friendly wardrobe. By shopping locally consigned pieces, transportation costs associated with these goods are reduced or eliminated. On top of helping the planet, supporting local businesses strengthens local economies creates more successful communities.
Things to keep in mind while shopping
Choose year-round pieces
Another great way to lessen your carbon footprint is by buying clothing you can wear throughout multiple seasons or even year-round. Investing in clothes and bags you can wear year-round is a fantastic place to start becoming more eco-friendly. Timeless pieces are worth investing in and help to lessen the impact on the environment.
Choose quality fabrics
Choosing to invest in timeless pieces is a great step towards sustainability. By regularly
investing in amazing pieces you can wear every day, you can easily build up a fashionable and sustainable wardrobe in no time. Another aspect to keep in mind while shopping your favorite stores is the makeup of the fabric of the items you’re looking at. Natural, biodegradable fabrics like cotton, wool, silk, and linen are generally far more sustainable than synthetic fabrics, especially if these fibers are grown organically. Other fabrics like bamboo-made tencel are another great and eco-friendly alternative to synthetic, unsustainable fabrics.
The bottom line
Consigning pieces we no longer use and purchasing consignment items are both great forms of recycling. By “re-assigning” these items for use by others you are participating in circular fashion. You are also rewarded by taking good care of your items and passing them through the circular system to new owners that will compensate you.
If you would like the know more about the consignment process, Dress can help walk you through the multiple benefits of consignment. Call us today to make a consignment appointment or a complimentary personal styling session.