Day 9 of Eco-Life Challenge 2019: Skip Over Fast Fashion

 

The rundown : Fast fashion is most basically defined as cheap, rapidly produced, low quality clothing, sold at a price point to allow the average consumer access to current trends on the cheapy-cheap. As one of the top three leading global polluters, it turns out fast fashion is not something to invest in if you want to support the planet.

The fast fashion industry convinces people they need things they don’t and uses modern day slavery to get the job done. It consumes exorbitant amounts of water, pollutes waterways with toxic chemicals and accounts for ~80 pounds of the Average American’s waste per year…

Slow Fashion is the future, and luckily, we don’t have to wait for the future to enjoy it — it’s here and now, so let’s go ahead and show you how:

 
 
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Recommended Action:

Practice Slow Fashion: Slow Fashion can be worn by anyone -- to me, slow fashion is anything that reduces demand for cheap, mass produced clothing and apparel that is produced in a mindful way. Share with us: What values do you want to uphold with your purchases?

Here are some great ways to choose slow fashion everyday:

  • Borrowing from a friend.

  • Reinventing and repairing what I have. Taking care of clothes so they last longer.

  • Thrifting and shopping consignment.

  • When buying new, search for fair trade and USA manufactured. Even after finding these labels, it’s still a good idea to research the company and examine their values and practices.

  • Reduced inventory in the closet makes dressing, cleaning and putting away clothes much easier.

  • Ask yourself: Who is profiting from this purchase? Who is experiencing a deficit?

The Sarah , by Maven Women. Organic, fair trade, & founded and owned by a woman leading the way to a more sustainable fashion economy.

The Sarah, by Maven Women. Organic, fair trade, & founded and owned by a woman leading the way to a more sustainable fashion economy.

Buying ethically produced, new apparel may seem to cost more on the front end, but you’ll get a return on your investment with pieces that last longer, are designed more classically to outshine trends, and reduce the amount we “need” to have in our closets because of the versatility of such pieces.

Benefits

  • Save gobs of money.

  • Support workers rights all around the globe.

  • Improve local, national and global economies.

  • Help water, soil and forests globally, the blood, tissue and lungs of the planet.

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