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ethical and sustainable wardrobe

4 tips to help you build an ethical and sustainable wardrobe

The fashion industry is undergoing a revolution and with this, attitudes toward ethical and sustainable routes need to change.

It’s time to switch up the taste level and avoid fast fashion brands and fill wardrobes with ethical pieces that last.

It may seem like a lot to undertake when it comes to building a sustainable and ethical wardrobe from scratch. There is no denying that in today's fashion world, most people want to keep up with the latest trends and not many know about the ethical and sustainable route, there is a fear that it is expensive and unfashionable.

No more are the days of unattractive eco-labels and unflattering ethical pieces that ravage your savings. Here are a few ways to become environmentally conscious and still be stylish.

The 30 Wears Challenge

Apply the 30 wears test to your life. Ask yourself if the item that you're thinking about purchasing will last 30 wears and 30 washes. This was a campaign started by Livia Firth to discourage fast fashion and encourage slow fashion. Applying this will make you more selective when it comes to purchasing items of clothing. Consider if the material is of high quality and if you would still be wearing it in six months, or even a year.

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SHE365: Day 117 | Look at donating clothes as a last resort. This is something we are still learning about and researching, but the one thing we know is that donating clothing is not an answer to fast fashion. It comes with its own set of problems. ? Here are a few things we know: Donating clothes can be good - when made to a very reputable company with good intentions - but some donations companies sell the donated clothing for profit in developing countries, which has crippling effects on textile markets in fragile economies. ? By 2004, 81% of clothing purchased in Uganda was secondhand. Let that number sink in. As a result, starting in the 1990s, textile industries in sub-Saharan Africa imploded. Charities only sell approximately 20-30% of the clothing donating to them. ? 45% of donated clothing is sold back into the US market OR sent overseas where it inhibits local clothing production markets. ? Buy with care. Know #whomademyclothes. Make it last. Donate as a last resort. Get more tips on how to create a green closet in the SHE Spring Handbook, a beautiful ezine full of tips to have a healthier, more sustainable, chemical-free Spring! Get your copy at the link in bio! #she365 #fastfashion #fashionrevolution #fashionrevolutionweek #clothingdonation

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To avoid cluttering up your wardrobe, apply the “1-in-1-out” rule. For every piece of clothing or even accessory you purchase, have a look at what you have in your wardrobe and pick out anything that you used to love but no longer need or wear as much. As you go through this process, make sure you donate preloved items to charities, this avoids wasteful living.

There are countless charity shops scattered around the UK, and each help a different cause. Consider a cause you are passionate about and donate your items to them. A small action like donating goes a long way and will indirectly help someone else

 Second helpings

Consider watching the show Girl Boss on Netflix. Even after its cancellation, it still radiates a strong message—thrifting pays off.

In recent years it has been considered chic and edgy to visit your local second-hand outlets to look for a new outfit, and it also saves you money and saves the environment.

There are countless preloved stores to visit, be it your local high-street charity shop or a large second-hand warehouse. If you’re not feeling the physical store vibe, there’s always the option to browse online for second-hand pieces.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Support labels that reduce, reuse and recycle. There is no limit to what you can find and consider when it comes to eco-labels.

Consider brands like allSisters and Almasanta. These brands have the right idea when it comes to sustainability, creating clothing made from recycled fabrics to showcasing other sustainable collections to further introduce the movement.

If you notice an item of clothing in your wardrobe that you absolutely adore, but it has been damaged, Consider upcycling. Upcycling gives you a personal edge to your clothing you don’t have to throw your treasured clothing away.

Let us know any other tips that you have to help you build an ethical and sustainable wardrobe in the comments.