4 years ago I decided to commit to sustainable fashion. From that day forward I resolved to only buy garments made from sustainable fibers, shop vintage or second-hand, or make the clothing myself. At first it seemed difficult. I struggled to find the right garments. Garments that meet my high requirements for sustainability AND fit my personal style are few and far between. I put off buying for as long
Buying second-hand garments is an important part of sustainable fashion. In fact, some sustainability advocates will suggest that a sustainable wardrobe should only contain second-hand items. And with good reason. “According to the EPA, Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of textile waste per person per year, and clothing and other textiles represent about 4% of municipal solid waste. But the figure is rapidly growing.” By incorporating a significant proportion
I must admit that when I think of fashion the last thing I think of is a sweatshirt. Even when dressed casually, a sweatshirt is just dressing it down a little too much for me. But then I discovered a sweatshirt that has such high sustainability credentials that I am reconsidering my position. This particular sweatshirt is sustainable fashion at it’s best, even if it is a little too ‘normcore’
If you are committed to the highest standards of ethics and sustainability, finding jewellery- especially wedding and engagement jewellery- that lives up to your ethics can be a challenge. I am sorry to say that my own engagement ring did not live up to these ethics. I wish that I had known about Bario Neal back then. Bario Neal craft exquisite jewellery using recycled precious metals, Fair-mined gold, and ethically sourced and
Clothing is functional. We all need to wear it. But sometimes clothing can be a little more. I really enjoy stumbling across those clothing labels that are also a vehicle for social change. Sometimes the creatives behind these fashion label are on a mission. Piper Marie is one of those labels. Founded by Rebecca Delago, Piper Marie offers beautiful eco-friendly lingerie to the sustainable conscious consumer, but her mission is so much more. A
Do you have some beautiful cotton that you want to use but aren’t sure how? Have you collected some beautifully patterned pieces from old skirts and dresses but don’t feel confident to sew with them? Today’s tutorial is a lovely way for your to reuse cotton from dresses and skirts that you don’t have the skills or perhaps time to mend or upcycle into another garment. Recently I tore a
If you want to create a more sustainable wardrobe it is important that you understand your habits when it comes to clothing. In other words you need to understand the role fashion, clothing, and shopping play in your life. Before we can begin to approach our wardrobe sustainably, we need to assess our relationship to consumption and materialism, the key drivers of our current society and economy. Examine your habits critically.
Today I am delighted to bring you a guest post on the topic of human trafficking by Stephanie Hepburn. Stephanie is well qualified to write this post for us, she is an independent journalist whose work has been published in the Guardian, Americas Quarterly, USA Today U-Wire, the Times-Picayune and the journal Gender Issues. She has written two books on human rights, Women’s Roles and Statuses the World Over and