Sustainable fashion is now the most desired way of living for almost 75% of the world population. The smallest change in our daily lives, even with what we consume, can make a huge difference in the world and bring the future a sustainable lifestyle.
This being said, the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world. A huge waste from fast fashion is submerging the planet in the form of landfills. Despite the idea of purchasing clothes from sustainable brands seems the most ethical choice, the cost remains a notable obstacle for many. Sustainable fashion seems like an inaccessible approach for those on a budget. But it can be made accessible through some of these tips on achieving sustainability while not breaking your pockets apart:
1.Cut Down On Fast Fashion:
The reason many choose fast fashion is because of its affordability making it hard tomket go off. Though this pandemic situation has definitely made it harder, the government of India has helped by benning sites like Shein, which made us choose alternative paths of shopping in budgeted stores. It is not necessary to completely cut down on fast fashion clothing in order to take the path of sustainable fashion, all you need to do is cut down on the amount of fashion fashion clothing that you purchase. For example, instead of having a shopping haul on a monthly basis, turn it into a shopping haul every three or four months. This will automatically make you experiment with clothing that you already own.
2. Develop Your Sewing Skills:
Every 90’s kid would have heard the story of how their grandmother sewed not only their own clothes but also their childrens or turning sarees into clothing for their children or doormats for the house. This is what sustainable fashion is all about. Learning to sew not only helps with sustainable fashion but also develops your skills in creativity making you less lethargic. Some of us find it easier to throw away a shirt when one or two buttons break, rather than buying new ones and stitching them back on. This shirt may count as one to you, but imagine a thousand more doing the same, which is the main cause of landfills in the world. Sewing not only helps retain old clothes, but also create new ones. A hoodie can easily be cut into two and made into a two piece clothing or a scarf into ahead gear. It is not necessary that one must own a sewing machine to do that, it can even be done in the traditional method of hand sewing, which is proven to be therapeutic as well.
3. Get Into Trading Habits
We all have that friend who eyes our clothing and we theirs. So why trade for the other? By doing so, you are not only supporting sustainable fashion but also receiving something new without having to pay a penny for it. It is believed that this can be an unhygienic practice, but that is not true. The traded clothing can be washed or even washed before you trade them in order to keep the chain hygienic and safe. Plus, it is only a doubtful practice with someone unknown, but when trading with friends, it is safer. To trade clothing, make sure you look for those that you have not worn for a long period. Make sure that whatever clothing piece you choose to trade is of the style as the one you are trading with. Once the clothing has been set aside, go through them individually and if there is something you do not want to wear, then you can always donate them to NGOs.
4. Go On A Raid
Most fashion trends repeat themselves every 30 to 40 years. Which means, clothing that your parents or older siblings owned and still possess are now in trends. So make your hauls as raids and go through their wardrobes and find something that will keep you in trend and budget.
Sustainable fashion needn’t have to be an expensive affair, Even a small change can make a big difference. By limiting and reducing your shopping hauls, you are not only moving towards a sustainable lifestyle but also saving a lot of money on it.