Making sustainable fashion choices can feel overwhelming. Where do you start? Do you need to completely create a new wardrobe? Is it about only buying secondhand clothes for now on or is it ok to buy new clothes every now and then as long as they are sustainable? Wait, but what does sustainable really means for a garment?
The key is adopting a sustainable mindset and taking small steps you can maintain over time. Keep reading to answer these questions.
When I started learning about Sustainable Fashion, I got into this confusing rabbit hole that felt so tough to crack, that I figured many people would want to look the other way because in order to make more responsible choices, it might seem like you have to completely change your lifestyle and go into these inconvenient new habits. Through these years of learning both as an aspiring responsible consumer and a Sustainable Fashion business founder, I understood that Sustainable Fashion is not just about what we buy, but actually also about what we decide not to buy, and how we take care of what we have.
It takes a lot of natural resources to create the clothes we wear. So every time we are buying a garment, we are not just paying with dollars, but also with water, energy and other resources that we don’t get to see. Because of that, the more that garment keeps being useful, the better, because it will make all that effort worth it.
Today, in my opinion, the first step to becoming a more responsible fashion consumer, starts with a change of mindset that requires stopping shopping impulsively and start creating a “toolbox” of knowledge that will help us create a positive impact, one decision at a time.
The Sustainable Fashion "toolbox" includes multiple strategies that can have a huge impact collectively. At its core, sustainable fashion is not just about buying the right products - it's about changing the way you think about fashion. Instead of focusing on acquiring the latest styles, prioritize caring for what you already have and being mindful of what you purchase.
Here are some easy tips to take into consideration to adopt a Sustainable Fashion mindset:
- Avoid over-consuming
- Purchase secondhand clothes
- Look for sustainably made new styles
While secondhand is ideal, purchasing new sustainable clothing options allows you to support brands making ethical products. Look for brands that utilize organic materials, pay fair wages, and employ greener manufacturing processes. Small changes like buying sustainable basics or a few higher-quality, longer-lasting sustainable replacements each year add up overtime. At Trendy Seconds, we do the pre-vetting process of all of our sustainable fashion partner vendors, so you can save time.
- Take good care of your clothes
- Repair and alter existing garments
- Repurpose and upcycle at end of life
In summary, the sustainable fashion toolbox offers a variety of strategies to make a positive impact through your wardrobe choices. Start with small changes you can incorporate regularly.
Sustainability is a journey, not a destination. Taking steps that feel manageable yet impactful will nurture a sustainable mindset that propels further action. Begin by choosing one or two options from the toolbox to experiment with - every choice matters.