With the sustainable fashion movement moving ahead at full force, we’ve heard more and more influencers talking about the importance of minimalism when it comes to our wardrobes. We’ve discussed how to clean out your closets and how to upcycle some of your pieces that are out-dated or worn out, but we haven’t quite discussed how to get stop yourself at the point of purchase before it’s too late! So many times, we buy clothing we don’t need or just buy out of impulse simply because of a good sale. We know that sales can be hard to resist but having some restraint when we’re out shopping is a great step in reducing your own carbon footprint and helping the planet as a whole. Remember, helping the planet includes helping the people in it, and the state of the environment directly impacts us all.
In order to help us help you, Team SFD has come up with three pertinent questions you should always ask yourself before you swipe your credit card and buy that dress!
- Who made my clothes?
Were these clothes made at a factory or did someone handcraft that piece? Was it manufactured at a plant or do you know that a human being made that clothing? If a person made them, great!
- Where were my clothes made?
Always check the tags on your clothes and find out where they were made. If you’re shopping in India, try buying brands that were made in India or have a story attached to them. Any brand that is sustainable in some way will tell you! Check out our past blog posts to find out about lots of indie designers that are creating unique pieces that you will love.
- Do I really need this?
This is a question that every fashionista rarely asks herself because abundance is a good thing, right? Wrong. We waste so much money and environmental resources every day with mindless purchases and if you don’t really need something, there’s no point in buying it! Ask yourself this and you’ll not only reduce your carbon footprint, but you will also make more use of what you do have in your closet!
Can you guys think of other questions we can ask to reduce our environmental impact as fashion lovers? Leave us your feedback in the comments section!