Sustainable fashion is not a luxury, it’s a necessity

Imagine if Earth was like a piece of technology. One part of it stops working and you would be able to pinpoint exactly what needs repairing and take necessary action. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

With recent events, it can easily feel like the world is ending and nothing can be done about it. Or at least that’s what I feel with each news headline in the last few weeks.

I am clearly not a scientist or an expert on what causes natural disasters. But I do believe that staying informed about what can be done to lessen our impact on our planet is a good first step. Then with this information, it is up to each of us to adjust the areas in our life (where possible) to take better care of our planet.

If you google the words “fashion” and “pollution” together you will find plenty of articles pointing out how wasteful and environmentally straining the fashion industry has become with the quick turnover of fast fashion.   And if you google “sustainable fashion,” you will find plenty of articles pointing out how moving the industry in this direction will lead to only good things including less pollution, less toxic chemicals, and safer working conditions.

For me, it just makes sense to shop sustainably, whenever possible. If money is power then I choose to spend my money on things that do as much good as possible. This means shopping with brands that manufacture their pieces using the reduce, reuse, and recycle method. Sustainable fashion minimizes the amount of waste and pollution that their products create and optimizes the resources that are already available.

These days it seems like sustainability and transparency go hand in hand. Sustainable brands are proud to boast about how “clean” their manufacturing processes are. And they should be. Being an informed consumer is never overrated.

You might notice that compared to fast fashion prices, sustainable fashion can be more expensive. But this is not always the case. Popular brands like Reformation and Everlane both pride themselves in providing their employees a decent wage as well as safe and eco-friendly working conditions. This is in addition to their eco-friendly manufacturing methods. How much you pay reflects at least two things, 1) what they provide for their workers and 2) their environmentally conscious production methods.

Therefore, sustainable fashion isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity if you believe in ethical working conditions and the future of our planet.

Sustainable fashion brands I love

Reformation for special pieces (dresses, pretty tops, and they even make denim now). My corduroy skirt, denim shorts, wedding dinner dress, and favorite long sleeve black tee (similar here) are all from here.

Everlane for basic, everyday pieces. They recently ventured into making affordable and eco-friendly denim with much success. Love this sweater from them and have it 2 colors.

Re/done for taking the lead in making sustainable denim by modernizing vintage Levi’s. I  finally used my Re/done credit from my denim fail and purchased the High Rise Ankle Crop in dark with 2% stretch. I’m wearing it in the pictures above and below. The best part: free repairs for life. Now that’s sustainability.

Want more?

Ecocult created an extensive list of sustainable brands ranging from beauty products to home decor and everything in between.

(Outfit details: Re/done Hanes tee, Aritzia Denim Jacket (old) but similar version from DSTLD (sustainable and eco-friendly) for $75 , Re/done Jeans, Repetto Flats)

What am I going to do now about the current crises?

I will be donating 50% of the money I make from the pieces I am selling on Depop to hurricane relief efforts. If you know of any reputable and even better, local nonprofits to donate to, please let me know.

What are your thoughts on sustainable fashion? I would love to know!

Thanks for stopping by. See you in my next post!

Sophie 🙂

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