Unsustainable fashion, a term we have been hearing a lot recently, is flat out ruining our Earth! It is fashion that is not able to biodegrade easily or at all. This means that we have textiles sitting in landfills for a very long time. It only continues to build up more and more.
I would have not known about unsustainable fashion if it was not for my Textiles class. My professor, Jamie Kara, a supporter for sustainable textiles, had us do projects in which we learned about places that provide sustainable clothing and why it’s important to rely heavily on the sustainable textiles.
Sustainable clothing is clothing that comes from natural resources, so they break down or biodegrade easier. These resources include wool, cotton, bamboo, silk, hemp, etc. Fibers that are made naturally compared to man-made and synthetic fibers are better overall for the environment. Man-made fibers, such as polyester, spandex and rayon take longer to break down or do not break down at all.
We see the importance of sustainable fashion during Sustainable Fashion Week. Sustainable Fashion Week is not only an event in the United States but also takes place worldwide. This is a week for clothing designers and clothing companies to help make their consumers aware of the environmentally negative impacts of unsustainable textiles.
As of right now, the sustainable fashion trend is very new, and most people have not had a chance to try it. Anyone who cares about making the fashion industry more sustainable by buying sustainable clothing will jump right on board.
Since most people are uncomfortable spending, for example, $100 on a T shirt, it will take awhile for this trend to hit its peak and get everyone on board. However, less is more. Having a basic tee that will last 10 years versus a couple months will, in the end, be better for the Earth.
When shopping, you always want to look at the tag on the inside of the shirt. If the shirt is 100 percent wool, cotton, hemp, etc it will most be sustainable. If there are fabrics you are not sure of, then go on your cell phone and type it in to know whether or not it is sustainable or not. Checking is the most important step.
Check out some of these awesome and reputable sustainable and eco-friendly places to shop.
Indigenous: Looking for a company who not only gets great reviews for being Fair Trade but also takes advantage of being environmentally sustainable? Indigenous is not only my favorite store but a great place to shop online!
Modavanti: Looking for recycling clothing? Modavanti is your go to site!
Kaight: Looking for a boutique that has a huge interest in environmentally sustainable clothing? Check out Kaight’s unique and trendy clothing!