Buying, selling, lending, swapping - there are no limits to the conscious use of fashion. With these tips you are choosing quality, exclusivity and the protection of the environment and people
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Author: Julia Schindler
Slow fashion sets an example against fast fashion, which is increasingly criticized. Brands that produce a large number of collections every year and make them available to the mainstream at cheap prices usually act neither sustainably nor ethically. The principle: low prices for billions in sales. This means that the production is often environmentally harmful and the workers - especially in emerging countries - have to work under unhealthy and unfair conditions.
What does slow fashion mean?
In contrast to fast fashion, slow fashion decelerates the processes in the fashion industry. Fewer collections are produced to ensure that sustainable materials are used in a way that conserves resources while also improving working conditions. In addition, many brands enable transparency along their entire production and supply chain. In this way, consumers can inform themselves and make conscious decisions.
The cornerstones of slow fashion are:
- Sustainable materials
- Fair working conditions
- Fewer collections
Fashion to protect the environment and human rights
Choosing slow fashion over fast fashion does not mean abandoning current trends. It simply means choosing high quality products made from exclusive materials that also ensure the preservation of our environment and humane working conditions. For example, the absence of chemicals ensures that workers are not exposed to health risks, and a limited number of collections ensures that natural resources are not exploited.
With our slow fashion tips you can easily implement the trend and behave responsibly towards people and the environment. That's how it's done:
Our top 20 slow fashion tips:
1. Choose the right brands: Choose fashion brands that operate ethically and sustainably. Find out which fashion brands design only a certain contingent of collections each year and use sustainable materials - this info is given on almost all websites.
XNUMX. Read labels: Read the labels on clothing when you go shopping. Many brands like BITE Studios, J Brand Jeans or Gabriela Hearst make the use of sustainable materials transparent to their customers.
Opt for natural, non-violent and sustainable fabrics
3. Choose organic cotton instead of regular cotton.
4. Go for sustainable fabrics like cotton, linen as well as wool and find out if they are certified (e.g. GOTS certified).
5. Avoid fabrics made with the use of chemicals, as they are harmful to health as well as the environment.
XNUMX. Choose imitation leather instead of animal leather. This has the same look and feel as natural leather, but is produced without any impact on animals.
XNUMX. Go for quality instead of quantity. In the long run, it pays to invest in high quality fashion, because it is more durable than fast fashion.
8. Invest in timeless or unisex design, which can be passed on from generation to generation.
Buy, sell, borrow, trade, repair - do everything except throw away
9. Visit local secondhand stores instead of shopping in the mainstream chains. Here you will find exceptional one-of-a-kind and vintage pieces from renowned designers.
10. you are invited to a certain event (maybe even with a theme) and will never wear your planned outfit again? Simply rent or borrow on such occasions.
11. Lend your friends clothes that you don't like at the moment or give away bad purchases.
12. Swap clothes either with friends or at online marketplaces and clothes swap parties - you can easily find them on the Internet.
XNUMX. Visit online marketplaces such as Rebelle, Vestiaire Collective or Tradesy for secondhand designer fashion before buying brand new - you can often find treasures that are normally sold out!
14. Sell clothes you no longer like on online marketplaces instead of throwing them away.
15. You can donate clothes that you no longer like or that no longer fit. Especially at current times, this way you are not only acting sustainably, but ethically as well.
16. Get creative and repair garments, for example by mending and decorating them with colorful stitching, instead of throwing them away.
Save energy and emissions
17. Think about whether you really need to wash and rather collect until you can fill a whole machine. This not only saves energy, but also protects the fabrics of your clothes - so they last longer!
18. Do not order summer or winter clothes before you go on vacation. Locally you will often find more original pieces at better quality and incidentally protect the environment as well as local craftsmanship.
XNUMX. Visit trade shows like NEONYT in Berlin, read blogs and follow sustainable influencers to learn about new brands.
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