This Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day; this is a day to show the place we ALL call home some much needed gratitude. It is a day (only 24 hours!) to recognize the good, the bad and the ugly and to try to reduce our own environmental impact. This doesn’t have to be extreme (zero waste, becoming vegan, only wearing sustainable, organic clothing), though these are all great ways that individuals can make a positive impact on the earth, it can seem tough to change our habits so drastically.
Starting small and working towards larger goals is a great way to succeed without overwhelming your already busy life. In this post I will concentrate on how to make positive, earth-friendly changes to your fashion-life but since Earth day is multi-faceted I recommend searching for other ways to make a difference as well. The life-cycle of your wardrobe is simple; shop, wear, wash. Here are some ways that you can make this cycle safer for Mother Earth:
Let’s face it, shopping is an addictive habit for many of us. It can make us feel better when we’ve had a bad day, it can entertain us when we’re bored and it can even be considered exercise. The problem is that we as a society like to shop often, we like to shop in bulk and we like to shop discount (for the most part); this is a great way to stimulate our economies but it’s horrible for the environment.
If you shop daily, weekly or even monthly for clothing your closet is probably a hot mess. Shopping that frequently, especially if you already have a full closet, can make it hard to buy pieces that go well together. Taking a step back and wearing what you already have, preferably in a smaller “capsule” collection can help you to identify “holes” in your wardrobe, so you aren’t wandering around stores buying pieces you “like” you buy pieces that will “fill the gaps” and go perfectly with what you already have. Slowly cut down your shopping trips to give yourself some perspective on what you have vs what you need.
This ties into cutting down, by instituting a waiting period, you learn to delay the gratification that comes with buying new things. When you are out shopping or online shopping and see something you like, make yourself wait a certain period of time, 1-30 days before you purchase it, doing this can help curb impulse purchases and will increase your satisfaction with the item because it’s something you really like and were willing to wait for.
Less is more:
I’ve talked about this before; buy better quality things. You’ll have them for longer, appreciate them more and probably spend less money in the long-run. Not to mention, you’ll pull yourself out of the cycle of buying, wearing and donating or throwing away; this is not good for the earth and is basically throwing money in the garbage. One brand that echos this exact sentiment is Toronto brand Encircled. Their mantra is “Be More With Less” and this is echoed in their high-quality, sustainably sourced, locally made line of clothing. Their stuff is simple but beautiful and they are often sold out as they make their items in small batches but well worth checking out if you want less items that are multi-purpose check them out! http://bit.ly/2ph7LXp (This is an affiliate link, I earn a small commission from any purchases through this. I truely appreciate any support for this brand and for myself as an independant blogger!)
These tips are not expensive or time-consuming, they will test your willpower for sure but you may end up saving money in the end. I have more tips that cover other aspects of making your closet more “earth-safe” which I will do as a series of posts following Earth-Day. Hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather!
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