It’s no secret that the fashion industry produces an unconscionable amount of waste. In fact, it’s one of the largest polluters worldwide, with 85% of textiles entering landfills every year. While fast fashion dips into the latest and greatest seasonal trends — making shopping for clothes a relatively easy task — we’ve reached a point where it’s more crucial than ever to alter our actions for the sake of Mother Nature.
If you’re interested in overhauling your lifestyle habits to reduce your carbon footprint, one of the best places to start is your closet! Once you realise how easy it is to break up with fast fashion and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, we guarantee you’ll never look back.
Below, you’ll find our guide on how to make your wardrobe more sustainable and how to support sustainable fashion brands.
Organise your wardrobe
While this may feel like a daunting task, we strongly suggest dedicating some time to re-organising your closet. It’s one of the most manageable steps you can take on your journey to a more sustainable future. Sifting through your wardrobe will remind you of all the incredible pieces you own or thought you might’ve lost at one point or another.
Once you’ve noted which items are wardrobe staples and thought about how you can build multiple outfits to maximise their longevity, make a list of items you lack so you can purchase only what you need instead of impulse buying. As we know, unnecessary shopping sprees aren’t great for your wallet or the environment!
Shop with a purpose
After figuring out which gaps in your wardrobe need filling, if you decide to splurge on a few items, we urge you to do so with intent.
- Do I feel confident in this?
- Will I grow tired of it and shove it in the back of my closet?
- Can I see myself wearing this from one season to the next?
- Can I mix and match this item with other pieces in my wardrobe to create a complete look?
If you answer ‘no’ to any of these questions, consider leaving that garment behind and shopping for something more versatile.
Support sustainable boho fashion brands like Gypsy and Wolf
Here at Gypsy and Wolf, we’ve made it our mission to be part of the movement towards sustainability in the fashion industry. We are committed to doing what is best for Mother Nature — that’s why every piece of clothing we design and stock is produced ethically and sustainably for the least amount of environmental impact.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a gorgeous patterned midi dress, a boho-inspired jacket, ethical jewellery or a leather shoulder bag, when you shop with Gypsy and Wolf, you’ll feel proud sporting eco-friendly clothing and accessories. After all, you’re doing a good deed by putting our planet first and supporting sustainable fashion.
We offer free delivery on all orders over $150 and AfterPay is available — so you can shop now and spend later! If you have any questions about our clothing pieces, please contact us via email at email@example.com.
Opt for second-hand clothing to support sustainable fashion
If you haven’t been thrifting before, now’s your chance. Buying second-hand or vintage clothing is a big part of the slow fashion movement and another easy way to shop more mindfully — reducing your carbon footprint. Whether you’re after vintage, retro or classic styles, you’ll stumble upon one-of-a-kind items that’ll stand the test of time and save you money in the process. Plus, it’s rare to find the same item of clothing in more than one vintage or second-hand store, so you’ll never have to worry about attending an event wearing the same outfit as your friend! You get bonus points if you bring a paper bag to carry your new purchases.
Find a good tailor or learn how to repair damaged items yourself
When something rips, breaks or splits, rather than throwing it away without a second thought, try repairing it yourself. Or at least consider consulting a tailor. A hole in your jeans or a slight tear in your jumper doesn’t warrant buying a brand new item to replace it. More often than not, your damaged clothing items can be repaired, revamped or even redesigned to suit your current style while ensuring you leave as light a footprint on the environment as possible.
Choose quality over quantity
Save up, invest and buy less. Splurging on high-quality, sustainable pieces is likely to cost more initially but will be more valuable in the long run. Choosing a well-made garment over a bunch of cheap pieces will ensure you’ll get more than one season’s worth of wear out of it.
We hope our guide to creating a more ethical wardrobe has inspired you to clean out your closet, see where the gaps are and fill them mindfully by supporting sustainable fashion brands like Gypsy and Wolf.