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Sustainable style: is your style eco-friendly?



Sustainable fashion


Did you know that the fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world?


I didn’t either until I took a fashion consumer class.


There are so many ways that we are contributing to pollution in this world. One of the ways includes how much water it takes to make a single shirt. Did you know that it takes nearly 3,000 liters of water to make just one T-shirt? That’s enough drinking water to last a person two and a half years! That’s crazy, I know.


Another way that we are polluting our precious earth through fashion is by purchasing clothes from fast fashion brands. These brands sell clothing for very cheap prices but unfortunately the clothes are very poor quality and as a result, people end up throwing them away. This is very wasteful and all of these clothes end up in wastelands filled with piles and piles of clothes never to be worn again.


Okay, so now you’re probably wondering: “What are some ways that I can make my style more sustainable?”


Well, I’ll tell you. The first thing you need to do is do some research on sustainable fashion and decide what it means to you and how you can implement sustainable style in your life.


The best part, IT CAN BE AFFORDABLE TOO!


Sustainable style

Here are some ways to make sustainable style possible in your wardrobe:


-Try to buy clothing from sustainable fashion brands

Buying clothes from brands that are eco-friendly is important because these brands focus on making clothes in a way that is much better for the environment and have great quality! Brands like Patagonia encourage people to make their product last by providing them with tools to take good care of their Patagonia Product.


-Clean out your closet and sell or give away your clothes

Instead of throwing away your clothes or letting them sit in the back of your closet unworn, gather all of your old or unworn clothes and ask your friends if they’d like any of them. Your friend can finally keep that cute top of yours she’s always loved! Whatever is left can be sold online through websites like Poshmark or thredUp or you can even go straight to a consignment shop to sell them in person. The last option would be to donate them to Goodwill. It’s an efficient way to get rid of your clothes without them being thrown away.


-Don’t try to stay up-to-date with every fashion trend.

New trends make for more clothes, and more clothes make for more fabrics and clothing materials. Once that specific trend goes out of style, that item of clothing will end up in the back of your closet never to be seen until it’s back in style again.


-Avoid cheap clothes

A majority of the clothes made from fast fashion brands are coming from countries where the working conditions are so poor that it's basically a danger to work there. How are people supposed to create quality clothes if the working conditions are extremely low quality? Just something to think about.


Sustainable style is possible for everyone as long you are mindful about the clothes you are buying. You don’t have to wear boring and tasteless clothes to be eco-friendly. All it takes is some research and dedication and you’ll be on your way to your best style yet!


Thanks for reading! Leave a comment below if you enjoyed this post or tag me on Instagram @mjstyleflow

xo,

MJ

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