What Are The Sustainable Alternatives To Fast Fashion?
What is fast fashion? Essentially, it’s cheap but on-trend clothing that many people will just throw out if it gets too dirty, ripped, or out of style because it didn’t cost more than a few dollars, to begin with. This is problematic for a number of reasons. To begin with, these clothes then end up in landfill, which is bad for the environment. Also, it could be – although it’s not always the case – that they are made by people in poor working conditions who are very badly paid; this is how the extremely low prices can be passed on to customers. Finally, disposing of clothing on a whim without taking the time to consider the consequences is not a good example to set for future generations.
When all of these problems are put together, it becomes obvious that fast fashion is a bad idea. Yet, what are the alternatives? There are a number to consider, and the more people who do so, the better it will be for the planet. Read on to find out more.
Your first thought when you know you need to – or want to – buy new clothes is probably to head to the store. However, as we’ve said, this can be problematic, assuming you want to pay very little for what you’re buying. As an alternative, why not consider making your own clothes? This can be just as inexpensive (perhaps even more so than buying something), and you’ll have a great sense of accomplishment when you’re done. On top of that, you’ll have a piece of clothing that’s unique and just for you. Even if you follow a pattern, your own ideas and preferences will find their way into the garment.
Of course, you will need to know at least the basics of sewing before you can do this, but that’s a skill that you can learn, and once you have a good understanding of how clothes are made, you can have a lot of fun making your own. Plus, it’s considered by many to be extremely therapeutic and good for lowering your stress levels.
If you don’t want to make your own clothes, and not everyone will want to do this, another option is to shop sustainably. This means that you do what you can to lower your carbon footprint when purchasing new clothes or anything else that you might need to buy.
One option is buying from a charity store such as the American Red Cross. When you do this, you can find some excellent pieces of clothing, many of which that have hardly been worn, at very low prices, but you’re not contributing to the fast fashion problem currently taking place in the world.
Another great idea that can be combined with the above point is to shop locally. Rather than buying online and contributing to the many trucks on the road, buying local means you’re polluting less and helping local businesses at the same time.
Prioritize The Basics
In some cases, it’s hard not to buy new clothes. No one is going to want to buy second-hand underwear, for example. In this case, make sure you prioritize the basics and only buy what you really need. In this way, you can spend more on these items, ensuring you buy them from more ethical sources. Plus, when you can buy higher quality, the garments will last longer, so you won’t be throwing out so many things, and you’ll save money in the longer term.
For ‘fun shopping’, make sure you stick to the ideas we mentioned above.