Go Green Week has started and we thought what better way to celebrate than to talk about sustainable fashion!
Whilst fashion is fun, sometimes it can be damaging to the environment; with fast fashion reducing clothing quality, creating short term trends and exploiting environmental resources. So, we thought we would give you some tips to prevent your clothes from ending up in landfill, whilst still being able to look your best.
One person’s trash is another’s treasure and charity shops are a great place to find some unique clothes for low prices. Not only does charity shopping prevent clothes from going on a landfill, but it is also a fun afternoon out as you can spend hours browsing the racks. The best part is that you can update your wardrobe whilst supporting some amazing charities. Or, if you want to help a charity out without spending money you can donate some old clothes!
Have some stylish friends whose outfits you’re jealous of? They might be thinking the same thing! A great way to update your wardrobe is to swap some of your unwanted pieces for your friend’s clothes.
Online second-hand websites
If you are more of an online shopper, online second-hand websites are a perfect chance to grab some trendy clothes for cheap. They can be useful if you are searching for a more specific piece of clothing, as you can narrow down to the colour, size and style of your garments. If your wardrobes are overflowing with clothes you no longer wear, instead of throwing them away, you could use these platforms to sell them and make some cash.
Do you have some old clothes which you can’t bring yourself to throw away? Why don’t you get creative and try to upcycle them? Upcycling is the process of giving old or unwanted products a second life by turning them into newer, better quality items. Have some old jeans which don’t fit you anymore? Why don’t you try turning them into shorts? Clothes can be transformed into anything, from scrunchies to tote bags, so have some fun!
Maybe you just want to keep those old trousers you love as trousers instead of transforming them into a tote bag. So, try repairing them instead! Repairing your clothes is one of the simplest ways to increase their longevity, whether mending a rip or adding a button. So, next time your favourite item of clothing gets damaged, you can just grab a needle and thread and practice a few cross stitches. Being sustainable doesn’t just stop at clothing and throughout Go Green Week you will have plenty more out-of-this-world opportunities to learn how to protect our planet, which rocks!