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.
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.