Slow fashion is a movement and approach to clothing consumption that encourages mindful and sustainable choices. It emphasizes quality, longevity, ethical production practices, and reduced environmental impact. Here's a guide to adopting slow fashion principles: Slow Fashion guide - Sustainability and Eco Fashion
Buy Less, Choose Well:
Prioritize quality over quantity. Invest in well-made, timeless pieces that will last longer and withstand trends.
Choose versatile items that can be mixed and matched to create different outfits.
Consider your personal style and lifestyle when making purchasing decisions.
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Support brands that prioritize ethical and sustainable practices.
Research a brand's transparency regarding their supply chain, labor practices, fabric choices and environmental initiatives.
Visit our blog Identifying sustainable brands to learn more.
Choose Sustainable Fabrics:
Opt for natural and sustainable fibers like organic organic cotton, linen, hemp, and wool.
Avoid synthetic fabrics that are petroleum-based, such as polyester and nylon.
Be mindful of fabrics that says "Vegan" check it is not plastic, Rayon or other plant based fabrics that pollute the environment.
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Second-Hand and Vintage Shopping:
Explore thrift stores (Like our second life partner Thrift for good), consignment shops, and online second-hand marketplaces for unique finds and in the process you will also be giving back to the society and environment.
Buying second-hand reduces demand for new production and extends the life of existing clothing.
Practice the "30 wears" rule: Before buying an item, ask yourself if you can see yourself wearing it at least 30 times.
Avoid impulsive shopping and give yourself time to consider purchases.
DIY and Upcycling:
Learn basic sewing skills to repair or alter clothing instead of discarding them.
Upcycle old clothing into new pieces or accessories.
Support Local Artisans:
Supporting local businesses can help reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation and supply chain.
Create a capsule wardrobe with a small collection of versatile items that can be mixed and matched.
This approach reduces clutter, saves time, and promotes more intentional dressing.
Care for Your Clothing:
Follow care instructions to extend the life of your garments. If you are not sure, today we have information available on the tip of our fingers, check it out on google.
Wash clothes in cold water, avoid over-washing, and air-dry.
Learn about the environmental and social impacts of the fashion industry to make informed choices.
Stay updated on sustainable fashion trends and initiatives. New Report from UN Climate Change
Advocate for Change:
Engage with brands and retailers by asking about their sustainability efforts and encouraging positive change.
Support policies that promote ethical and sustainable practices in the fashion industry.
By embracing slow fashion principles, you can contribute to a more sustainable and ethical clothing industry while cultivating a thoughtful and intentional approach to your personal style and wardrobe.