Did you know that the fashion industry produces 10 per cent of global carbon emissions? That’s more than international flights and maritime shipping combined. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help reduce this pollution. These include:
- Shopping at thrift stores and garage sales
- Hosting a clothing swap in your neighbour¬hood
- Opting to repair or repurpose old clothing
These are all fun and eco-friendly ways to replenish your wardrobe. However, you won’t always find your size or style, and eventually clothes get worn beyond repair. When this happens, the most sustainable source for new clothing is often from local designers.
Chic, ethical options
Many local and small-scale fashion labels prioritize green, sustainable practices. This means they’re careful about the materials they select and the way they make and package their collections. They also tend to favour collaborations with local vendors and manufacturers who guarantee safe and respon¬sible working conditions. Plus, you often get to enjoy more personalized customer service.
When you purchase pie¬ces from a local designer, you can count on the clothing to be well-made and durable. This stands in sharp contrast to the fast fashion collections of mass-market retailers, which are often characterized by low-quality clothing that easily falls apart.
Additionally, while the designer option is inevitably more expensive, you’ll be incentivized to purchase fewer pieces and take better care of your clothes to ensure they last longer. These habits are better for the environment and save you money in the long run.
So, if you want to contribute to your regional economy while sporting beautiful outfits, visit a local designer’s boutique for your next shopping spree.