On May 29, 2018 the Sustainable Style Initiative hosted a community expo event featuring a screening of the film The True Cost, DIY crafts, a Style Swap Station, and vendors Plato's Closet Fairfax and The Ethical Olive.
The event took place during Fashion Revolution Week, the annual commemoration of the Rana Plaza Factory Collapse and call to action for transparency in the fashion industry.
Enjoy the photos of the event below!
My ripped jeans were looking a little bit ratty, so I thought "D-I-Why not" give them a new look? I used this Boro mending tutorial from Harts Fabric and I'm so thrilled with the result!
Check out this #thriftspo from Buffalo Exchange Thrifting is such a fun, inexpensive and eco-friendly way to shop. Buffalo Echange in DC has amazing selection of name brands like TopShop , Madewell , Aerie and more! You can also bring in your gently used, current pieces to sell for store credit.
When I first Googled “sustainable fashion” I was overwhelmed by the pages of articles I found decrying fast fashion as the root of all evils and suggesting I shop from upscale, expensive ethical brands I had never heard of.
The articles you’ll find make very valid points. Fast fashion can perpetuate a cycle of waste and poor treatment of laborers and the environment. Shopping from ethical brands can circumvent participation in this cycle, and of course these brands are a little bit pricier. Better wages and materials drive costs up- go figure!
However, the proposal of completely changing the way I consume clothing was super intimidating to me. I realized that if I want to become a more sustainable consumer, the best way to do so is to from where I am. Right here, right now. There are a plethora of ways I can rectify my habits that are easy, free and fun. You don’t have to overhaul your habits. Simply tweaking them is an easy way to start becoming more sustainable without losing your style.
Here are four ways to shift your wardrobe habits to make them more eco-friendly! Chances are, you already practices some of these without thinking about it!
Give DIY a try! Make a scarf out of old t-shirts, earrings out of scrap thread or upgrade a pair of sneakers with a pack of Sharpies and your imagination. Your clothes belong to you, so make use of all that you have.
Building your wardrobe should be a marathon- not a sprint. Think of each piece you buy as an investment in your personal wardrobe and put thought into what makes it into your collection. It can be tempting to buy something only because it is super inexpensive, but is it worth it if you'll only wear it once?
Make shopping a treasure hunt! You never know what you might find... a designer handbag? ... a cool vintage t-shirt? The possibilities are endless. Plus thrift shopping is eco friendly as it keeps used clothes out of landfills. What are your favorite second hand finds?
2018! Why not start off the New Year with the goal of becoming a more engaged and sustainable consumer? Do your favorite brands' supply chains line up with your moral values? Research and find out, all it takes is your curiosity and a Google search. Lookout for the forthcoming "Brand Spotlight Series" to learn more.
Fast fashion is phenomenon in the fashion industry where production processes are expedited in order to get new trends to the market as quickly and cheaply as possible. It’s no surprise that apparel companies are working under this business model. Today, consumers want Instagram trends at Amazon Prime speeds.
If you buy your clothes from a brand you can find at the mall, odds are you are a consumer of fast fashion. Favorite fast fashion brands include H&M, Zara, Topshop, Forever 21, American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, the list goes on and on.
But there is much more to this industry than might meet the eye, from poor working conditions for factory employees to landfills full of last season's hot trends. Fast fashion is leaving its mark on the world but not always in positive ways.
The good news is that YOU have the power as a consumer to choose to support sustainable brands! Project Just and Fashion Revolution provide resources that you can use to evaluate your favorite brands to see if their supply chains align with your moral values.
Over the next several months you can look forward to nifty DIYs, info on your favorite brand’s manufacturing practice and the occasional #thriftspiration.
Check back soon for more and be sure to follow @sustainablestyleinitiative on Instagram for the latest!
My name is Alicia. Welcome to my Girl Scout Gold Award Project! We should all be more aware of the impact the clothes we wear have on the world. Join me on my mission to learn more.