Transitioning to a Sustainable Wardrobe
Creating a more sustainable wardrobe takes work. For starters, you'll need to figure out which brands align with your values. Do you care about labor conditions, environmental impact, or the treatment of animals? If a brand is trying to improve its supply chain, the information should be on their website.
Once you've identified a few brands, you need to find out if their clothing works for you. Part of building a more conscious wardrobe means looking for pieces that are well constructed and not fall apart after a few washes. First impressions matter, take a look at seams, buttons, and check for loose threads. Read the material tag and try to avoid synthetics. Polyester, acrylic, nylon, spandex, and acetate are all made from nonrenewable fossil fuels, and when you launder these items, you will be putting microplastics into the water system.
Quote of the Day
"Pollution is the cheapest way to do business."- Dana Thomas, fashion journalist @ BoF Voices 2019 in Oxfordshire, UK. Author of Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes.