One of the biggest culprits of fashion waste is the concept of “fast fashion”.
Fast Fashion are clothes made cheaply and quickly to meet the ever changing trends of the fashion industry. Cheap + quick leads to poor quality products that have a lifespan so short that you’ll most likely toss them out within 1-2 years after purchasing...yikes!
Not to mention this quick turnover inevitably leads to a number of environmental issues. For example, did you know that it takes 27 liters of water to produce a single cotton t-shirt? One shirt uses the amount of water a single person drinks in 2.5 years! Additionally, the chemicals and pesticides used in the manufacturing process are toxic to both humans and animals.
So what can you do about it? Shopping sustainably doesn't mean all you fashionistas out there need to say goodbye to your favorite brands. There are actually several ways to make small changes in your shopping habits that can have a positive impact on the fashion industry. Below we provided four easy ways you can shop more sustainably the next time you're looking to change up your wardrobe!
Ways to Shop Sustainably
Consignment is an excellent way to shop sustainably. Here at Dress, we love that we can recreate trends without buying into the cycle of fast fashion. Shopping consignment reduces the volume that fast fashion generates.
- Purchasing from Sustainable Designers:
Shopping sustainable brands such as: Everlane, Reformation, People Tree, Girlfriend Collective, and Eileen Fisher, is a great way to avoid excess fashion waste and certifies that your clothing has been made consciously!
- Capsule Wardrobe
The concept of a capsule wardrobe helps ensure that all your clothing has a purpose and you are purchasing new apparel less often.
- Shop Eco Friendly Fibers