Sustainable fashion also known as eco-fashion focuses more on how clothing leaves an impact on the environment. It is designed, manufactured, and used in such a way that helps the planet ecologically.
In today’s world of fast fashion, where trendier but cheap and disposable clothing has advanced its way into our wardrobes, anything that is organic or recycled is of great choice. In order to stop the overwhelming amount of greenhouse gas emission, wastes, and unnecessary toxins, go for sustainable shopping.
What to Look For:
- Clothes made out of low-impact and organic materials such as linen, hemp, organic cotton, silk, wool, and plant-based cellulose fibers.
- Natural Fibres are bio-degradable and quickly compost back into soil whereas non-biodegradable synthetic fibers sit in landfills and produce toxins.
- Read the labels of the piece you’re buying for the elements used. Prioritize Lyocell, Tencel, plant-based fiber, recycled polyester turned into garments instead of garments that result in the production of toxic chemicals and the excessive water use that happen in cotton production.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Shop less. Try to steer away from buying for only one occasion and invest in something with more longevity. Make sure it’s high on quality so that it’ll last longer.
- Start shopping vintage or second hand or go for your local thrift shops. It is important to choose garments that are being recycled.
- Prioritize organic materials with GOTS certified labels and avoid plastic-filled fabrics like acrylic, polyester, nylon, elastane, and polyamide.
- Organize your wardrobe and donate or sell your unwanted clothes instead of storing them, that way someone opting for sustainability would invest in your old pieces, rather than buying something new.
Finally, change your perspective. Don’t feel ashamed to wear the same thing twice! Organic or eco-friendly fashion does not necessarily point towards a lack of beauty or detailing.
So far, sustainability has weaved its way into the fabric of society as many fashion brands have noticed and have brought changes into their collections. All we have to do is embrace clean and green fashion to make the world more sustainable in the coming years.
Text by: Ipsita Ghosh, IBTN9