The fight against fast fashion
Textiles and shoes are behind 8 % of the world's emissions, and with ultra-fast fashion gaining speed, I want to do my part to spread the word on slow fashion.
The last five years I've been working towards reshaping my wardrobe around the ethos of "buying less, but better things". Whenever I have to buy something new, I try to follow a few guiding principles. I'll write dedicated articles on the different principles later!
Especially when it comes to shoes, this is important to check. Throwing away shoes with broken soles, is like trashing your car when it needs new tires.
65 % (2016) of all clothes are made of synthetic materials - mostly polyester aka. plastic. A lot of this has poor quality and fills the oceans with microplastics. I try to buy stuff made of things like cotton, linen, leather and wool. These materials should also come from good sources, though.
This can be a bit complicated, as it's not just looking at where it's made. There's some great stuff being made in China, while made in Italy doesn't necessary mean quality. But if you want to be totally sure, just buy used!
If you buy stuff that's made properly and that you can repair, it can really last you a long time. This makes it important that you won't hate the way you look when next years trends comes along. Buy something that's timeless, but also something that can fit you all right, even if you put on or lose some weight.
And, how many pieces of clothing do we really need in our wardrobe?
Main photo by Francois Le Nguyen