Buying, selling, lending, swapping - there are no limits to the conscious use of fashion. With these tips, you are choosing quality, exclusivity and protecting the environment and people
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Author: Julia Schindler
Slow fashion sets an example against fast fashion, which is increasingly being criticized. Brands that produce a large number of collections every year and make them accessible to the mainstream at cheap prices usually do not act sustainably or ethically. The principle: low prices for billions in sales. This means that production is often harmful to the environment and that workers - especially in emerging countries - have to function in unhealthy and unfair conditions.
What does slow fashion mean?
In contrast to fast fashion, slow fashion slows down the processes in the fashion industry. In this way, fewer collections are produced to ensure that, on the one hand, resource-saving, sustainable materials are used and, at the same time, working conditions are improved. In addition, many brands enable transparency along their entire production and supply chain. In this way, consumers can inform themselves and make conscious decisions.
The cornerstones of slow fashion are:
- Sustainable materials
- Fair working conditions
- Fewer collections
Fashion to protect the environment and human rights
Choosing to prefer slow fashion over fast fashion does not mean abandoning current trends. It simply means opting for high quality products made from exclusive materials that also ensure the preservation of our environment and decent working conditions. For example, the absence of chemicals ensures that workers are not at risk of health and a limited number of collections that no natural resources are exploited.
With our slow fashion tips you can easily implement the trend and behave responsibly towards people and the environment. That's how it's done:
Our top 20 slow fashion tips:
1. Choosing the right brands: Choose fashion brands that act ethically and sustainably. Find out which fashion brands only design a certain number of collections each year and use sustainable materials - this information can be found on almost all websites.
2. Read labels: Read clothing labels when you go shopping. Many brands like BITE Studios, J Brand Jeans or Gabriela Hearst make the use of sustainable materials transparent for their customers.
Opt for natural, non-violent and sustainable fabrics
3. Choose organic cotton instead of normal cotton.
4. Choose sustainable fabrics such as cotton, linen and wool and find out whether they are certified (eg GOTS-certified).
5. Avoid substances that are manufactured using chemicals as they are harmful to health and the environment.
6. Decide on Leatherette instead of real leather. This has the same look and feel as natural leather, but is made without any impact on animals.
7. Put on Quality instead of quantity. Long-term it pays to invest in high-quality fashion, as it is more durable than fast fashion.
8. Invest in timeless or unisex design that can be passed on from generation to generation.
Buy, sell, borrow, trade, repair - do everything except throw away
9. Visit local thrift stores instead of shopping in mainstream chains. Here you will find extraordinary one-offs and vintage items from renowned designers.
10. Are you invited to a certain event (possibly even with a motto) and will you never wear your planned outfit again? On such occasions, you can rent or borrow costumes, evening dressing rooms and individual accessories.
11. Lend clothes to your friends that you don't currently like or give away bad purchases.
12. Exchange clothes either with friends or at online marketplaces and dress exchange parties - you can easily find them on the Internet.
13. Visit online marketplaces like Rebelle, Vestiaire Collective or Tradesy for Second hand designer fashion, before you buy brand new ones - there are often treasures here that are usually sold out!
14. Sell clothes that you no longer like in online marketplaces instead of throwing them away.
15. You can donate items of clothing that you no longer like or fit. Especially in current times, you are not only acting sustainably, but also ethically.
16. Get creative and repair items of clothing, for example by patching and decorating them with colorful seams and thus remodeling them instead of throwing them away.
Save energy and emissions
17. Think about whether you really need to wash and collect until you can fill a whole machine. This not only saves energy, but also protects the fabrics of your clothing - it also lasts longer!
18. Do not order summer or winter clothing before going on vacation. You will often find more original pieces of better quality on the spot and also protect the environment and local craftsmanship.
19. Visit trade fairs like NEONYT in Berlin, read blogs and follow sustainable influencersto get to know new brands.
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