How to Start a Sustainable Closet
Sustainability is a word that we’ve been hearing more consistently in the past few years. As a result, people have become more educated on this topic, and more and more people are coming together to create awareness about the environmental impact the fashion industry causes in the world. To start talking about sustainability, I’ll divide this topic into several blog posts. First things first…
What is sustainability?
Sustainability is a complex concept. The most often quoted definition comes from the UN World Commission on Environment and Development:
“Sustainable development is what meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”Source
Sustainable fashion means to be honest with yourself. Act and behave in a way that aligns with your values. Asking the right questions to the brands and not pretending nothing’s going on or is wrong with that particular brand. Pretending nothing is happening and turning your back to the problem. Being accountable for our actions and helping reduce the negative impact fashion has on the people who made our clothes and in our planet.
“In simplest terms, sustainability is about our children and our grandchildren, and the world we will leave them.”Source
As Céline Semaan, founder of Slow Factory and The Library: Study Hall
“Sustainability is a spectrum, a movement and a culture. Sustainability is a way of living and a way of doing business, rooted in deep and continuous learning. To us, sustainability is not about being perfect but about making progress towards systemic change.”
As I mentioned at the beginning, sustainability is a very complex concept but ultimately, sustainability Seeks to protect the environment, people, and the world we are leaving for future generations.
The fashion industry is currently taking a huge turn and yes, because of COVID-19, many industries and behaviors are changing the way the fashion industry worked. Things will evolve. Better said, things are ALREADY EVOLVING… Have you heard about the contactless pizza service? or the Buy a new car and they deliver the car to your front door?
The fashion Industry wont be the exception, perhaps consumption will reduce. We’ll start to see things that really matter, we’ll pay more attention to what we put on our body -I’m not talking about food- and we’ll start asking more questions.
I’d like to know what sustainability means to you! Let me know in the comments.
Sustainable clothing may be one of the reasons you took the time to visit my website and you already know I talk about fashion and the sustainability within the fashion industry. I love to create styles and play around with my wardrobe, wear and re-wear what I already own. Don’t get me wrong, I do like to shop and have new pretty things, but knowing where my clothes came from has become one of the main reasons I still love fashion. To clarify this statement , you can read this article to see my point of view.
Conclusion: The most sustainable clothes are the ones we already have in our closet. Let’s start by playing around with it, love and re-love what we already own. This is one of the most important steps to make your closet more sustainable.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2019 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.