Happy Earth Day!
I thought about what kind of Earth Day post to do in the era of Covid. I saw one article about sustainable fashion & I think that is a good area to rethink. Now that most of us are at home, what do you really need? Can you make it yourself? Can you buy it from a sustainable company? And are they really sustainable or just greenwashing garbage?
Here are my suggestions Earth Day & Fashion:
1. Do a Wardrobe Review
I think it may be a good time for a wardrobe review. Try on what you have. See what needs repairs or adjustments & get familiar with what you have. So the next time you see some pretty item for sale you can consider: Do I really need it? Will it fit into my wardrobe?
2. Consider Sewing, Repairs & Alteration
This goes along with the wardrobe review, but it's also something you should consider in general. Do you want to make your own clothes? Do you have the skills and machine(s) to do that? Do you want to do your own repairs & alterations? Or do you want to find a local tailor who can do those things for you?
If you want to learn to sew, now is a great time! I encourage you to do so. I think it's good to know a bit of sewing. At least enough to do small repairs, like simple seams and sewing back on a button.
3. Change How You Buy & Who You Buy From
Now that pretty much all retail stores are closed, this is a great opportunity to go direct. Buy directly from the company who actually makes the item! Most companies offer this & it ensures you get the high quality product directly from them. Not some knockoff from China who stole their pics & is posing as them on Amazon, eBay or Etsy (Yes, this happens a lot to all sorts of businesses.)
This also gives you a chance to connect directly with the company. Read up! Find out who owns the company. Where are they located? Where do they manufacture? Do they make a high quality product that's going to last? What efforts are they taking be sustainable?
If you have questions, contact them! I think any business is eager to talk to customers right now, or at least any business interested in making customers happy & keeping customers. :)
So for this Earth Day I'm going to encourage you rethink how you approach fashion.
We can make choices that make a difference!