WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE FASHION?
The term “sustainable” has been making waves in many industries, including fashion. Simply put, sustainable fashion refers to the production of garments and accessories in a way that’s socially and environmentally responsible. As opposed to “fast fashion,” sustainable fashion is not made from cheap materials that harm the environment, nor does it employ abusive practices among workers.
Sustainable fashion is often tied to the term “ethical fashion” as both aim to promote fashion that is not only eco-friendly but also one that considers workers’ rights and social welfare.
HOW TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE FASHION
There are many ways we can achieve sustainable fashion. Primarily, refusing to support fast fashion and its many unethical practices can bolster the fashion revolution that is sorely needed in the industry. As a consumer, here are a few ways you can participate:
Choose clothes made from organic and low-impact materials. These materials are biodegradable and compostable, meaning they will cleanly mix back with the earth when disposed of.
Choose clothes made from recycled or deadstock materials. You can even make your own clothes by up-cycling or repurposing old fabric.
Choose clothes made with eco-friendly or plant-based dyes. Aside from water conservation, eco-friendly dyes also won’t pollute water sources when they’re manufactured, washed, or disposed of.
Support local makers in facilities run by renewable energy. Not only will you be making a positive impact on your local economy, but you will also contribute to lessening the world’s carbon footprint, which is one of the biggest factors driving climate change.
You can also patronize international brands that promote sustainability in their materials and practices. Some of these brands include Patagonia (U.S.), Sézane (France), Boden (U.K.), and Kotn (Canada).
ELEGANT AND ETHICAL
Wearing good clothes should not come at the cost of the environment and the people manufacturing these fabrics. By choosing sustainable fashion, you can do your part in saving the earth and promoting the social welfare of workers.