Ways to Stay Fashionable Without Increasing Your Carbon Footprint
BY ALEXANDRA SEMPIE
With the need and demand of environmental sustainability on the rise, the fashion industry, which is one of the largest contributors to pollutants and carbon emissions on the market, has begun to take steps to help reduce their carbon footprint. Many designers are now switching to more sustainable materials in their wares as well as changing the way products are manufactured. While the fashion industry is taking initiatives to be more environmentally sustainable, the fashion conscious are wondering what they can do to help reduce their own carbon footprint. There are many ways to help positively impact the environment, so here are some tips to help you stay fashionable without increasing your carbon footprint.
Look for more environmentally conscious designers. There are dozens of popular designers who are switching to more environmentally friendly ways to manufacture their products, from H&M’s new ‘conscious’ line of clothing to Stella McCartney’s sustainable luxury fashion line. Designers across the globe are using more recycled materials and fibres in their products. One big trend amongst the environmentally conscious designer are materials made from recycled plastic which both keep them out of landfills and reduce the need to process more materials. Many brands are introducing sustainable fashion lines, so keep an eye out for these new items.
Splurge and go for the high-quality items. The old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ is there for a reason. High quality items tend to last longer than low-quality items, meaning you won’t have to buy as many clothes and accessories to replace ones that wear out. Treat yourself and look into high-quality products, you’ll look great and feel even better.
Thrifty doesn’t mean untrendy. Thrift and second-hand stores have been the go-to for reducing one’s carbon footprint. Providing people with an easy way to upcycle their clothing, thrift shops and second-hand stores ensure that clothing and accessories don’t end up in landfills. As a bonus, many second-hand shops also donate a portion of their profits to charity, which helps not only those in need, but the environment as well. A win for everyone involved!
While the need for reducing our carbon footprint has never been greater, there are many ways for people to stay fashionable while still being environmentally conscious.