For this weeks #FriendshipFeb post, Jennifer, from Eco Warrior Princess and I will be talking sustainable fashion. Both Jennifer and I are lovers of the fashion world and through our eco journey we have discovered some ugly truths about the fashion industry. Together we will both break down sustainable fashion and talk a little about our styles. Go to Jennifer's blog HERE to read her sustainable fashion post.
Through fashion we are able to translate what we are thinking and feeling without having to say a single word. Fashion allows us all to express ourselves through the art of dressing.
Not many of us stop to think as to where or how the clothing on our backs came to be. In fact, many of us would be surprised to find out that the fashion industry is the third most polluting industry on earth after oil and agriculture. Bummer, right? Thankfully, sustainable fashion is slowly making waves in the fashion world. The movement is still in its beginning stages, but it is an imperative development that will help reverse the wastefulness of the fashion world.
Sustainable fashion represents an approach to manufacturing and sourcing of clothing through ways that will maximize the benefits of both the environment and us, the consumer! The sustainable fashion umbrella includes but is not limited to, recycled, up-cycled, organic, vintage, and second hand clothing. Shopping sustainable helps to reduce pollution and waste in our environment and reduce your fashion carbon footprint.
With the rise of fast fashion retailers like Forever 21 and H&M, cute fashionable clothing is at the tip of our fingers now more than ever before. We can buy the trendiest clothing for the lowest prices; shirts for 10 dollars or a pair of jeans for 15 dollars. It is sometimes hard to walk away from such a deal. It's almost like a drug; hard to turn down but essentially bad in the larger scope of things.
Yves Saint Laurent once said, "Fashions fade, style is eternal". Meaning, these quick trendy/fashionable fixes we are getting at fast fashion retailers, will eventually fade or just tarnish. Most of the pieces we are getting at such low prices only really last us 2-3 months before looking old and tarnished. Clothing shouldn't be something we buy, then a couple months later we get rid of, because of trends or cheap manufacturing. Our clothing should be seen as collectibles, pieces of garments that we love and will later pass on to our children. Remember style is eternal and sustainable fashion is the new black!
Being a SoCal girl, my style consists of a lot of shorts, dresses, oversized sweaters, yoga pants, sandals, and sunnies. I would call my style bohemian chic. When shopping I like to stick to natural fabrics and not synthetic ones like polyester, which I despise! Unless of course, it's an up-cycled polyester or synthetic fiber. I'm always on the hunt for sustainable fashion designers and I like my occasional trips to the thrift store.