10 tips to start your OWN ethical wardrobe

1. Borrow

Find yourself some friends who are willing to trade clothes with you, this will not only save you money (who doesn’t like saving money) but it will also help to contribute to reducing the amount of waste you produce. This is by far the easiest tip and my favourite way to avoid buying new unnecessary clothes. Which leads nicely onto the next tip.

2. Buy with intention

Now this one takes a little bit of self-control and practice as we all know how easy it can be to get caught up into current trends. Try buying items only when you REALLY need them rather than when you WANT them.

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Buy things with purpose, such as activewear. (image from Indigo Luna)

3. Avoid Fast fashion

This is a big one, there are so many negative consequences for our environment, the person who made the garment and the consumer. I suggest that you do a little more research on why fast fashion is so terrible for our planet.

4. Buy quality

Buying quality will mean that you won’t buy as many garments or as often because they will last you a lot longer than a piece of fast fashion clothing.

5. Brand ethos

Check out a brands ethos before you buy. Do you agree for what they stand for? Are they transparent in their production process? If you’re unsure go with what your intuition is telling you.

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Everlane transparency

6. Cruelty-free

Buying cruelty-free clothing will help to save innocent animals lives, help to save the planet and your consciousness.

7. Buy from vintage and secondhand shops

This will help to shrink your environmental footprint and help to become more sustainable.

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8. Rent clothes

If you’ve got an important even that requires a formal outfit try renting a new dress out suit rather than buying on and just letting it sit in your cupboard for eternity.

9. Upcycling  

Have you got an old pair of jeans you never wear? Whip out the scissors and sewing machine and try getting a little bit creative. Cut yourself a new pair of shorts or even make yourself a bag, the limit is endless.

10. Don’t rush into it

Don’t feel as though you need to rush into this process, it’s something that will take time to evolve and to train your brain to start thinking in more sustainable ways.

* If you’d like to know more I suggest you begin your ethical wardrobe journey by visiting ethical made easy, a website which makes shopping ethically easy.

* Additionally watch The True Cost, “ a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world”.  

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