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How Sustainable Fashion Saves the Earth and Your Bank Account
The current world climate has most of us thinking about how our choices affect our bodies as well as the environment. We have become increasingly aware of what foods we consume and the chemicals we use in our homes. We also are trying our best to make a positive impact on the environment by using reusable bags, recycling, and conserving the gas we use. All of these strategies are fantastic, but one overlooked way to make a positive impact is to only invest in sustainable fashion.
What is Sustainable Fashion?
Do you love to hit up H&M or Forever 21 for an affordable outfit? If so, you are not alone. These types of stores specialize in what is known as "fast fashion." According to Business Insider, consumers bought 60% more garments in 2014 than in 2000. This increase in consumption equals higher emissions to keep up with fashion manufacturing demands. The fashion industry accounts for a whopping 10% of carbon emissions!
What can you do to help? Sustainable fashion is made ethically and while minimizing environmental impact. While synthetic fibers such as nylon can take hundreds of years to decompose, sustainable fashion companies focus on fabrics that are much less harmful.
Ways to Make Your Wardrobe More Sustainable
If you want to make your wardrobe more sustainable, there are plenty of ways to get started:
1. Invest in quality clothes: Investing in clothes made with quality eco-conscious fabrics means you won't have to replace your wardrobe as often.
2. Clothing Swaps: There are several options for clothing rental subscriptions depending on your style and budget. Another great way to swap out clothes is by looking for a local group. This is a fun way to keep your wardrobe fresh while clothing gets more use.
3. Consignment Shops: Your local consignment shop is stuffed full of hidden treasures. This is a fantastic way to find new trends as well as retro looks. You never know when you will find designer clothes for a fraction of the price.
Being aware of where are clothes come from and how they are manufactured might seem small, but it will make a huge impact. As a bonus, participating in sustainable fashion will save your bank account as well as the environment.