As 2016 comes to an end, we take time to reflect on how far we’ve come and how we can move forward in ending trends and fast fashion. Here are some New Year resolutions you can get behind to support the slow fashion movement.
Adopt better shopping habits
- DON’T buy things just because they are on sale. We’re all a little guilty of this, as evidenced by a few cheap t-shirts and scarves that still have their tags on. DO keep a list of things that you actually do need and plan to get a lot of wear out of.
- DON’T prioritise trend pieces over wardrobe basics. DO spend more on wardrobe staples that are of good quality that will stand the test of time.
- DON’T go shopping without a list. Impulse purchases are more likely when we don’t know the exact item we want to shop for.
- DO research for clothing brand alternatives online. Saw a top you like from a fast fashion brand? Chances are, an ethical brand like PeopleTree will have a similar one- sweatshop labor free!
- DO bring your own reusable shopping bag instead of buying carrier bags from stores.
Thrift and Upcycle
- Mend instead of buying new. There are plenty of tutorials online and even on youtube on how to stitch, mend and repair clothing.
- DIY and upcycle. Get crafty and search online for hundreds of ways to bring new life into old clothes. We have featured tutorials on this blog on how to create cushions and scarves from old shirts and sweaters.
- Go thrift shopping instead of buying new.A staggering 85 per cent of our collective apparel ends up in a landfill — that’s over 10.5 million tons of clothing! Next time you shop, head to thrift and vintage store for one of a kind and pre loved items that are in need of a home.
Support local and ethical brands
- Shop from local and independent designers. Locally made means less environmental impact and better wages and working conditions for the artisans. It also supports the local economy and promotes other local businesses.
- Ethical brands like People Tree and Pact should be our go to brands instead of cheap high street fashion. Each purchase made directly contributes to the ethical fashion movement.
What are your New Year Resolutions? Leave us a comment below!