Fashion changes, and it changes fast. When you can buy a crop top for $5 or a pair of jeans for $10 – why would you care if a shirt pills after a single wear or you can’t stand it in the next month? You can just buy something new.
This is a behavior that needs to change, along with our perspective on what fashion is and how we can be fashionable; because it’s not just something that affects our wallets, it affects our oceans, our environment, the marginalized people who make our clothes: it affects our world.
The impact on our environment – and on the people making these clothes – is huge. Here are some fast facts about fast fashion:
- The average pair of jeans takes 900 gallons of water to make.
- Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world – right behind oil.
- Americans throw out an average of 68 lbs of clothes per year, per person.
Here are a few ways to make a change in your fashion behavior, these changes won’t just make you more chic, but they will also save you money in the long run:
- Buy high quality clothes that are made to last and are classic. Think to yourself – will I like this jacket in 1 year? 5 years? 10 years? Will it last through this season and make it to the next?
- Buy a few pieces that can be worn together to create different looks.
- Consider shopping at consignment stores – you can find really high quality designer clothing that has been lightly worn for a fraction of the cost, and because you are giving it a second home, it’s one of the most eco choices you can make in regards to your wardrobe.
- If something tears or breaks – fix it! A good tailor can fix just about anything. It will save you money in the long run over buying a new pair of jeans, a shirt, or a jacket every time something breaks.
Here are some GREAT slow fashion options:
Reformation – if you want some truly eco and ethical clothing, but still want to look completely on this moments trend.
Eileen Fisher – for a classic option of ethical and eco clothing. Plus Eileen Fisher will take your clothes back once you have decided they are no longer of use to you – you get $5 in store credit per item. The profits from recycled clothing sold at Green Eileen stores goes to support non-profit programs that empower women and girls.
Want to learn more about fast fashion, and how to change your purchasing behavior for a better world? Here are some great resources to help you better educate yourself:
- Watch The True Cost (it’s available on Netflix, and is heartbreaking but a must see).
- Here is a great resource for finding ethical and sustainable brands
- The Myth of the Ethical Shopper a great article written by the Huffington Post, and in my opinion is a must read.
Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂