If ever there was a right time to create a sustainable wardrobe, that time is now!
I wonder how many of us look into our wardrobes and say that we have nothing to wear? The fact is we have plenty to wear.
More to follow soon....
There are all sorts of strategies we can implement in creating a sustainable wardrobe. We can embrace and adopt a more environmentally friendly way of choosing and using our clothes. With a little time-investment the benefits are well worth the effort.
My journey into sustainability began at home – growing up with a Mother and two Grandmothers’ who had experienced life through the War years. A time where resources were scarce and clothes had to last. I was therefore taught how to choose and buy clothes well so the garment lasted longer.
This was my first taste of sustainable fashion so it’s easy to see how those earlier experiences have shaped how I choose and treat my clothes now.
According to The Waste Resources and Action Programme (WRAP) – the average lifespan of a garment is a mere shocking 2.2 Years and an estimated £140 M worth of clothing ends up in landfill. Wouldn't it be great to play a part in increasing that lifespan?
By choosing well in the first place we are doing our bit to protect the World’s resources, reducing clothes going to landfill and to reducing human exploitation in this industry.
I do believe that we all share a responsibility to slow fashion right down! There is also a feel-good element at play here – a feeling that you are doing good for those around us and for our environment.
So what can we do.....
Here are my 5 Top Tips on creating a sustainable wardrobe
I would hazard a guess that most of us have items lurking at the back of our wardrobes waiting to be re-worn and re-loved. Create some time to go through your wardrobe and get creative with those items you have. We can re-use and re-purpose wherever possible – pair your clothes differently to maximise their wear. Is there anything here you can try? The same blouse but with different trousers, a different skirt or as a layering piece perhaps?
If there are items that you will definitely no longer wear, gift them to a friend, fill a charity bag or donate to a fabric bank for someone else to benefit.
If we buy better quality clothes it is more likely they will last longer and we are more likely to care for them. Hanging clothes after each wearing and storing them well will elongate their life. Be mindful of over washing (particularly those synthetic clothes, which release plastic particles which may find their way into the sea) and also consider your choice of detergent and washing temperatures – cooler temperatures can be kinder.
A good tailor or seamstress is worth their weight in gold. They have the knack of breathing new life into a garment meaning you are able to enjoy the garment for longer and perhaps in a totally new guise. If like me, the sewing gene passed you by, at least consider changing up buttons yourself to create a whole new look on a blouse, a jumper sleeve or jacket. If you are local to York I recommend Sew Versatile who will do an excellent job for you.
This may take some time but researching some new brands that operate with green credentials - look out for organic or Eco-friendly certifications. We can also choose fabrics that are natural or organic such as linens, silks, wool or synthetically derived fabrics from plant materials such as Viscose, Lyocell, Tencel or Rayon. All of which will biodegrade. You will be more informed to make better future choices.
Image Credit: The Global Organic Textile Standard
I have often spoken of the effect of fast fashion production upon our environment. I do believe that we CAN all play a part in reducing the environmental impact by shopping smarter.
We can help to change the culture of consumerism by choosing more sensibly and buying less. Buy only what we need to replace and try pre-loved clothing. There are some great vintage shops offering some quality treasures that have all been saved from landfill. That has to be worth learning more about.
There is a feel-good factor to behaving in a sustainable way whatever the element...be it using natural products above harsh chemicals, buying from companies with ethical credentials or re-purposing the garments we already own.
I’d love to know what elements you already embrace?
If you would like to work with me and learn more about creating a sustainable wardrobe, you may contact me here.
If you haven't already had a spring clean, it's the time of year to refresh and embrace the new season, so why not include the clothes in your wardrobe? Which, when well organised is as equally important as the clothes within. It just makes life a whole lot easier, more fun and morning dressing becomes a dream!
Do you open your wardrobe full of clothes but complain that you have nothing to wear? I am a great believer that ‘less is more’ so if you cannot see all your wardrobe contents, dressing successfully will prove to be a challenge! How good would you feel to have a wardrobe of clothes that you actually loved but also mixed and matched together?
It does of course help to know the colours and styles that work for best for your individual colouring characteristics, body shape, personality and lifestyle. I can help you with this.
Firstly however you may need to remind yourself what you hold in your wardrobes before beginning to edit them down into a useable and workable wardrobe.
Here are some top tips to get you started and find out what is not working in your wardrobe:
The Stay Pile
The items that still look good on and give you joy.
The Charity Shop Pile
The items that remain in good condition but perhaps no longer work for you/fit you or you have not worn for 12 months (although you may still wish to make exceptions such as special one-off or emotional pieces you may need to carefully store). You may also consider taking some of these to your local Dress Agency, who will be interested in the most recent of your cast-offs.
The Throw-Out Pile
The items that are damaged beyond repair or stained.
Now that you have edited your wardrobe and the stress about dressing has been reduced we can then look to carefully replace some items and develop a capsule wardrobe. Yes, I will cover this in greater detail in a future blog article.
I do hope that this has inspired you to get started but if you need any further guidance or some hand-holding for the task of taking a fresh look at the clothes in your wardrobe, or would like to book an appointment in my comfortable home-studio in York do give me a call on 07494 644788.
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