It’s a new year and many of us are making new resolutions to do and be better (and hopefully improve the planet in the process). If you haven’t yet thought about how your closet can change the world, here are 5 sustainable fashion new year resolutions to try and apply during 2018:
- Change Your Shopping Habits: Try to avoid the malls and major retailers as much as possible, if not all together (this is usually where fast-fashion thrives). If you decide you have to buy, see how many months you can refrain from settling on cheaply made clothing. Shop thrift, local, quality, small, slow, fair, organic, etc (You can subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of this page so you don’t miss all the sustainable fashion updates). You don’t have to buy at all if you’re willing to have temporary pieces in your wardrobe! Borrowing from a friend or swapping with others can help you get that initial “thrill’ from a new piece but will save you tons of money for that trip you’ve been planning 😉
- Update your Washing Habits: Wash your clothes only when necessary and make sure your load is full and on cold when you do. If you’re not working out in something or getting it extremely dirty then you can wear it again or spot clean. Spot clean by using a rag, toothbrush, or sponge and a safe fabric stain remover (find my favorites here). Hand wash and save energy with a cool Ecowash hand crank non-electric washing machine, or just a regular tub, and line dry using classic round wooden clothespins. Airing clothes out naturally can make your clothes smell fresh without the harmful chemicals found in dryer sheets. All these things will help you conserve water, energy, save you money, and extend the life of your garments.
- Repair-Refresh-Upcycle: If there’s an unwanted hole in your jeans, throw some fashionable tights, fishnets or stockings under and make a statement! Add a patch, rip them more – do whatever it takes to give it a second life while making them fashionable at the same time. If you can’t sew, you can take it to a local alteration shop and get it fixed or redesigned for way less than what it would cost to buy something brand new.
- Layer Up: Cold day in the home or office? Layer up, starting with a comfy basic thermal and stock up on a couple extra blankets (find my favorites here) to lower your heating bill and also to conserve energy and lower your carbon footprint.
- Donate or Swap: Give back the pieces you never wear to great local thrift shops/charities. Or, if you could use the extra cash, take your name brand clothes to a local or online consignment shop (find my favorites here)! If you want to do something fun, make a bag and organize and host your own clothing swap with your friends.