In my readings on the web, I came across a new, global trend known as Sustainable Fashion and I was curious to read a little more about it. The United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion is designed to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals through coordinated action in the fashion sector.
Today’s clothing and textile industry contributes $2.4 trillion to global manufacturing.
By storing our clothes or changing them very quickly following fashion or for its low quality, we encourage it to be produced in greater quantities using unnecessarily more raw material.
Do you know who made your clothes?
What global brands do is create fashion and trends that change very quickly and offer them at low cost. In order to serve us, they hire cheap labour from underdeveloped countries where working conditions are deplorable, indirectly contributing to the exploitation of people.
Were you aware of this? Isn't this true? — (I knew it after reading about it)
If we remember, in past times clothes were inherited for their good quality, it was used several times and there was no need to change it so quickly.
What can we do to help?
I know it's very hard not to fall to the need to store more clothes, but here's a couple of tips I read and they're helping me:
1. Understand and know your body and structure, just buy clothes that fit you and feel good.
2. Even if the garment is very beautiful, think about whether you have other clothes and accessories at home that match it.
3. Offers, discounts, promotions do not save you. These are only for the industry to get rid of its production to produce a new one. This makes you think: I need that "promotion" garment.
4. If you have friends or family of your size, form a group or try to change your clothes, so you will have different clothes and save a lot of money in the year.
5. If you have no problems, buy second hand clothes, there are options that allow you to buy clothes that were rarely used. I recommend you start by going around the canyon fairs, there are other options like free markets, Facebook marketplace etc.
6. Check the labels, where does the garment come from? Stop buying products manufactured by exploited people.
7. Buy from small businesses or ventures, as with them you make sure that unnecessary resources are not being used and the products will be of better quality.
So, are you ready to make a change in your clothes shopping habits?