Hi guys, I know it’s been a while since I showed up here at UASZ with my tips for a more sustainable life and with less trash, but today we will fix that talking about a matter of House: clothes!
One of my first posts here, I showed when it is easy to reduce our garbage production changing what is disposable for reusable alternatives. But, when we speak of theoretically more durable goods (such as our clothes) the crop starts to get a little more complicated.So, in today’s post I’ll show you how to buy and handle our clothes in a more sustainable way.
Have a more conscious cabinet is not only buy used clothing, no full stop to buy, or just to have clothes made from organic cotton. Have a sustainable wardrobe is to have what you will use and use all that you have. Is caring, questioning and worry.
To Start: You Don’t Need A New Piece Every Month
Stop to think about it and you will see that definitely don’t need.Eventually you will need a new dress, a jacket, a few sweaters. Not every month. There’s no point stop buying in fast fashion stores and continue acting as a consumer of fast fashion.
Evaluate What You Already Have
Take off all your clothes in the closet and evaluate one by one. Let all those that you really love to use. Those that you use and feels good. Look at each piece that you already have and answer with a lot of honesty:
I feel good wearing that piece?
I can use this piece in different situations?
I can combine that with other piece in my closet? (the Style workshop girls always say that every piece we have must match at least three other, riding looks quite different to each other).
This piece will remain beautiful in 1, 2, 5 years?
Those will help you keep your closet always functional and still serve as a criterion for when you are investing in a new outfit.
Initiatives such as the Roupateca and the Lucidbag (clothing libraries where you rent the pieces for a few days) are also very nice. We don’t necessarily need to have that play, can use for a while and then give to someone else to use.
Buy Less And Be More Consistent
Buy less. Simple as that. Does not have enough clothes in your wardrobe for a year without buying? The Jojô started this blog just like that and look what happened?
Since I started the Garbage a year, I have focused on building a more sustainable, but also Cabinet minimalist. Maybe, after making a super clean in your wardrobe keeping only what you love, you feel zero need to buy something new for a long time. That’s what happened to me.
But oh, minimalist doesn’t mean anything without print OK? If you like prints, vibrant color, can also have a lean and minimalist wardrobe with your style (the Urges of @oficinadeestilo has a lot of Nice inspiration).
The Green Product Is One That Already Exists
I’m always harping on that: buy used is the ecological point of view because it is a product that has already been produced. Can be in your favorite thrift store, or at sites such as Sick. And can even be swapping clothes with friends, mother, sisters, cousins. Let’s put these clothes to run the world. Us saves packaging and resources simply by putting to use something that would be stopped or would be thrown. Oh! And not to mention the din din, huh? Just so damn pure economy of Rico your buck you spend on other things.
Oh! And a play gave a estragadinha? Fix! The button? Fold again! Stain of ketchup? Take it to a specialist to get the stain laundry. The sole spent? Take the cobbler to change.
Look For Quality Has Always
We always talk to get quality clothing, but how to do this in practice?Calm that I explain some ways quite simple. For example: turn the piece upside down and see if the seam’s cute, if you don’t have any loose wire. When the back is built, all pretty as if you weren’t even upside down, super careful. Another thing to watch: very skinny or tricôs abertivos fabrics tend to spoil faster if you do not wash on hand.
Sometimes quality is to make clothes. That which makes everything whimsical seamstress, with mold and recessed stitching, can make a blouse that will last much longer. And, of course, smaller brands that invest in slow fashion has more quality than the fast fashion that they do everything in a hurry and with crazy goals and often inhumane.
Take Responsibility For After
In Brazil we don’t have recycling. Which means that clothes that are no longer used go to landfills without chance of recycling.
So, even if the temptation to buy is enormous, think about the usefulness of this piece in your life and invest in those that you really think that will last in your cupboard. The least we can do to minimize the production of textile waste is to leverage very well each article of clothing we have, to make up for all the environmental cost of production and dyeing of fabric, transport, manufacturing, washes, etc.
Have you seen? There’s a lot of things to think about and do before buying a new outfit. But the most important is the inside job, is question. The origin of the product is important, of course, but wonder if that’s really necessary is more important still. Don’t consume is often the best way to consume consciously.