In a world of fast fashion, fast food, fast conversations and even faster changing trends, living a more sustainable life is becoming the hot topic on everyone’s lips. The decision to shop more ethically could be put down to the fact that our impact on the environment is no longer possible to ignore. The result of self-inflicted fashion anxiety and an untenable desire to own a new outfit for every Instagram photo, or it could be that we love the Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine and all those Reformation posts. Whatever your reasons may be, we don’t judge. What we do know is that the clique of sustainable fashion warriors is growing and we’re looking to join the party!
Now, gone are the days when sustainable meant starting a neat little “too hard” basket and filling it with Scandinavian inspired clothing. Nowadays the likes of Good Studios, Emma Sadie Thompson and Millicent Elizabeth are making sustainable, fashionable. Here, they share their tips on living a more sustainable life…
Tiffany Stuckey from Millicent Elizabeth
In the words of the great Vivenne Westwood, Buy Less Choose Well. Spend more on your clothes and buy fewer items.
Sustainable fashion isn’t about pieces that you can wear once, it’s about pieces you can interpret in different ways each season. So buy accordingly. Choose natural fibres over synthetics as natural fibres are biodegradable.
Natural fibres are cotton, silk, linen, wool, hemp, alpaca – as they come from nature so they are a renewable resource. Whereas synthetics are mostly petroleum based, a finite resource. Natural fibres breath so they are better for your skin. Wool is antibacterial, so you wear and air, so you can wear wool pants every other day for 2-3 weeks before you need to wash them – so they are more sustainable because there is less upkeep.
Choose quality over quantity and choose pieces that are crafted for longevity and enduring style.
And outside of fashion…
Buy a nice reusable drink bottle as plastic water bottles take 450 years to breakdown, if you buy a nice one you are more likely to use it!
Anny Duff from Good Studios
Think about how you purchase new clothes. Do you really need a new item? If so, can you possibly thrift it over buying it new? How often do you think you will wear it?
Think about the brands you buy and how transparent they are about where and how their clothes are made. It’s also good to think about what happens to the life of your clothes after you. If they are natural fibres they will degrade over time. If they are synthetic they can be regenerated if properly recycled.
Finally, buy more locally. Just as with all lifestyle purchases including food, wine, homewares and clothing, buying local, organic and sustainable gives much needed economic stimulation to our local industries that are contributing to innovative growth and positive change.
You could start by adding some plants to your space. Not only do they make the space look great, but they can purify the air and improve your mood and productivity.
Secondly, get a small composter. Even if you do not have a garden you can use our Urban Composter to reduce your food waste and so benefit your home and the environment. If you have a balcony mix the contents of the Urban Composter in a large tub of soil. This will turn into compost which will nourish other pot-plants. A great urban composter can be purchased here.
Lastly, consider growing your own food – even if you are limited for space you can still grow your own herbs and other veggies in small planter pots on your balcony or kitchen bench.