Guess who’s back by popular demand! Lolol
Anywaaay, I wanted to touch on a topic that I’ve been invested in for the majority of this year now..
It all started with my switch to veganism. As I was swapping out the items on my plate, I also wanted that same mindset to transpire into my wardrobe. The more I researched the topic of vegan fashion, the more I noticed a common theme that often overlapped with it. Sustainable Fashion.
Girl, what’s the tea? What is it? Where is it? How do we do it? When do we do it?
I’ll try not to make this too lengthy, because the topic can be complex and it’s forever evolving. To me, sustainable fashion is conscious consuming while considering how it affects the treatment of people, planet, and animals throughout the supply chain (from the material grown/made to the finished final product).
I found that I was practicing sustainable habits, before I even knew what sustainable fashion was. There are so many variations of the topic– it’s kinda neat and confusing all at the same time. Don’t fret though! I’ll explain….
Think of it as an umbrella term. There are various components that make up this thing called ‘Sustainable Fashion.’
- Fair Trade – are workers throughout the entire supply chain being paid a living wage, work in a safe environment, and aren’t being overworked and exploited.
- Environmental – What materials are being used & are there better options that are safe for people and the environment. How are those materials being made & are they negatively affecting the environment and workers, etc.
- Secondhand – Not shopping new items and buying second hand from thrift and vintage shops, or even swapping clothes with friends.
- Minimalism – Only owning a limited amount of items, also known as a capsule wardrobe. Getting creative with your wardrobe and finding more than 1-2 ways to wear an item to expand your outfit options.
- Local – Purchasing from local brands/retailers. You may be surprised by the amount of local artists and designers in your area.
I could probably even add a few more, but this is a great start. Note that some, if not all, of these components have subcomponents as well. We won’t get into all of thaaaat though. This is what I meant by sustainable fashion being complex. There are a lot of factors to consider.
In the shortest form, this is how I perceive sustainable fashion.
I’m by no means an expert, but I am passionate about the topic and find it extremely important. I would love love love for you to leave your honest thoughts and opinions on this subject in the comment section. Let’s chat!