5 steps to slower fashion
Fast living nowadays is leading us to fast choices in general, starting with fast food in our hands ending with fast fashion we put on every morning. The other day I read a comparison that fast fashion a bit like a social media (in some respects). And I couldn’t agree more. You know that you shouldn’t rely on it too much, but the idea of cutting it completely feels … well as a too big of sacrifice. Good news is that you are not alone and even better news is that all have that power to make a difference. Together, yet starting each individually. There are few tips to help us to get started:
1. Start with what you have
Beginning with your existing wardrobe is a great starting point. Dive into the drawers and see if something still fits you and you can imagine to rewear it again. Do a little clean session, separate all your things into piles like: to keep, to mend, to give away for having a better overview.
2. Do some mending
Many of the most common problems you might spot on your clothes can be fixed easily. Replacing buttons, patching up holes, de-bobbling jumpers, this all requires only a little effort and few supplies to start making your wonderful clothes again fully wearable. You can make this practice as a new meditation and feelings of accomplishment after together with contributing to the sustainability will feed your soul.
3. Refashioning is trendy, upcycling too
Let me assure you that there is no environmental, financial or ethical drawback of reusing old clothes or textiles. Period. Being playful with changing small details can become a great fun. Adjust the length of your sleeve and hem or shape of your trousers. Recutting neckline of your top or T-shirt can also totally give you a new look, completely for free.
4. Go for sustainable choices
Luckily enough, organic cotton, bamboo and other sustainable textiles are making their way into the stores. Tencel, the brand name for Lyocell - made from wood pulp and Modal fabrics - mainly made from beech wood, is on its rise. Another one is Pina silk that is made from pineapple stalks and cotton, similarly Abaca cloth made from banana stalks and cotton.
5. Conscious shopping
As in other areas in life, even while shopping try to be mindful and conscious. Rather think twice if you really need a new piece and if yes be picky with your choice. It is really hard to resist those monthly trends on high streets but keep in mind that you are doing it for your wellbeing because we are all connected to nature even through the stuff we are wearing. By pressing pause in buying fast fashion, we can help our planet and save money too. Instead, support sustainable and ethical businesses that truly care and pay their employees a fair living wage.
PS: When buying don’t be afraid to ask #WhoMadeMyClothes for further insight on the company’s production processes and how they treat their workers.