In sustainable fashion? It can definitely happen with these 7 tips
Looking for sustainable materials and taking care of your clothes are some tips shared by stylist Darcy Camden to look stylish AND sustainable on Earth Day and beyond. #newdaynw
Earth Day is Friday and it’s all about thinking about how we can be better citizens of the planet.
It doesn’t take heroic effort – there are small ways to make a difference, and that includes our fashion choices.
New Day stylist Darcy Camden joined the show to share ways to do just that!
1. Reuse shopping bags. I see a lot of people bringing their own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store, but I almost never see people bringing their own bags when they go clothes shopping. You can also politely refuse to have your purchases wrapped in tissues.
2. Avoid “single use outfits”. We’re all familiar with the term “single-use plastics,” like a plastic water bottle you use once and then throw away. “One-time wear” is a term I use for something you wear once, then inevitably purge it from your closet. Rental services like Armoire and Rent The Runway can be a great way to borrow something for a situation. I also recommend organizing a clothes swap between girlfriends; invite your friends to each bring five items they never wear and never trade.
3. Look for durable materials. There are a lot of cool innovations in using recycled materials in clothing. Rothy’s has been a pioneer in using recycled plastic to make shoes and accessories, and this year they will achieve Zero Waste in their factory and incorporate Twice-Recycled products (meaning they recycle old Rothys into new Rothys). Summersalt swimsuits use recycled plastic materials in their swimsuits, which are five times more durable than regular suits and will last longer.
4. Support water-conscious brands. Factory production has a significant impact on the environment due to water consumption. Denim is known to be one of the biggest users of water (about 1,500 gallons are needed to make just one pair of jeans!), Levi’s has saved over 3 billion liters of water and recycled over 2 billion, and uses more than 20 liters of water. saving finishing techniques in the last stage of production. Something you can do at home? Wash your jeans less. Most denim experts recommend washing your jeans after 15-20 wears.
5. Take care of your clothes. I purge a lot of closets, and most rooms are stained, tattered, improperly washed, or otherwise ruined. Always check the care instructions on a garment before buying it and take steps to wash it properly so you can wear it for a long time.
6. Save! Buy second-hand clothes and donate your unworn clothes whenever you can. During the pandemic, I really got into online savings using ThredUp and Poshmark. I love being able to send in my unworn clothes, get shopping credit, and shop through thousands of second-hand items to find exactly what I want.
7. Buy with intention. Ultimately, the best thing you can do for your wardrobe and for the planet is to only buy things you really love and have used for years. Before venturing to the store, spend 10 minutes in your wardrobe reviewing what you already have and making strategic additions rather than random pieces.
Darcy Camden is the founder and chief stylist of Styled Seattle: your personal wardrobe stylist.
Segment Producer Suzie Wiley. Watch New Day Northwest at 11 a.m. weekdays on KING 5 and live stream on KING5.com. Contact New Day.