You don't have to find a slow fashion brand to dress sustainably. Here are a few tips to help you stay fashionable and environmentally friendly.
Slow fashion, is a concept describing the opposite to fast fashion and came to life thanks to the "slow movement." The slow movement seeks to produce respecting people, the environment and animals. It supports local artisans and the use of eco-friendly materials, with the aim of preserving crafts and the environment and help both customers and producers.
1. Recycled and second-hand clothing
One of the options you have for sustainable and ethical dressing is to give more use to a pre-loved or vintage garment. When we re-wear clothes, we are making the most of the resources used to make them. You can tailor or modify them to create your own look!
Also, there are establishments specially dedicated to collecting recycled clothing and channeling it back into the consumption cycle, thus creating jobs to select, provide logistics and serve eco-fashion consumers. Find the one nearest to you!
2. Fair Trade and Green Fashion
Fair Trade is an exchange of solidarity whereby the priority of the economic cycle is that profits and benefits must come once the people who generate the wealth are in a position of protection and security to carry out their activity.
In other words, a Fair Trade puts people before profitability. Furthermore, one of the objectives is to empower and give value to local craftsmen and women who develop activities and manufacture products with an often millenary tradition.
An example of this is VeraLuna, Oxfam Intermón's ecological fashion brand. Garments based on Fair Trade are timeless pieces, created in a way that adapts to your style without the need to follow any particular fashion. Take a look at their collections! You'll love it!
3. Fashion Re- Initiative
Another example of reusing clothing is the Caritas Fashion Re- initiative, based on circular economy. Tons of clothes are recycled from containers where people can deposit the clothes they no longer wear.
The network consists of volunteers, management plants and points of sale throughout Spain. According to their own figures, they are helping to save "39 million cubic meters of water" by avoiding "the emission of some 850,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere". This is not insignificant, is it?
4. Extending the life of clothes
You have to think that, years ago, it was natural for everyone to repair their own clothes. The value of this trade was lost thanks to the appearance of fast fashion, which also encourages compulsive buying.
If we take up the lost skills of not so many decades ago, we can learn to fix our own clothes and thus extend the garments' lives. Also, the touch of exclusivity that we can give to each garment when customizing it will ensure that no one else can wear that same piece: it will be completely adapted to your personality and style. And think of all the money you'll save!
As you can see, there are many alternatives to continue fighting global warming, the contamination of rivers, the precarious situations of the millions of people in the world who work for an industry that does not respect their labor rights... Deciding on ecological fashion options is in your hands and it is easier than it seems. small steps lead to big changes.
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