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Why I Dumped Fast Fashion and Switched to Sustainable

Grab your coffee through the drive through. Order your food on Uber Eats. Get your morning news from Alexa. Buy your clothes via an app when offered a sale.woman, bracelets, headband, dress, leggings

We need it fast and we need it now. I live this way because society functions this way. To keep up, we must adapt. But what do we do when we learn the consequences of this lifestyle?

I love fashion and have since I was a child. Recently I learned about the concept of “fast fashion.” “Fast fashion” is the clothing most Americans buy. It is seasonal, sold in most retail stores, made in factories overseas. You often have to donate it to Goodwill the next year. What you don’t realize is this fashion is impacting your life and our planet — and not in a positive way.

Fast fashion is bankrupting Americans, and I am included. Before I learned of an alternative, I would spend a couple hundred dollars a month for my daughter and myself. It was an addiction that soothed my low self-worth temporarily. Of course, not long after, my maxed out credit cards would slap me in the face, and the cycle would continue.

This cheap fashion is filling up our landfills. If it is not donated, it is thrown in the trash. Fashion is one of the top causes of pollution in our world.

And it isn’t just the landfills; it’s the cost. It is the expenses to make the fibers that are used for the clothing — the cost of extracting, processing, making, shipping and selling the clothing we so often wear sparingly.

We cannot ignore the horrendous working conditions many of the factory workers endure to make this fashion. This reality has been known for decades, yet it has not changed. We choose to turn our heads. We keep buying the clothing.

In fact, we buy more, and we do nothing because we don’t think there is a thing we can do. But there is an alternative. It has gained popularity in Europe and is being introduced in America.

The answer is sustainable fashion. Many brands of sustainable fashion are made from organic materials. These substances are not as harmful for the environment. In fact when put in the earth they are naturally reabsorbed. The fabric is true quality and the clothing lasts for decades if taken care of properly.

This kind of apparel is fair trade, meaning made by workers who are more likely to be treated fairly and ethically. The companies offer recycling programs. You send back items when you no longer want to wear them, and they will recycle the clothing properly; making new sustainable clothing or disposing it in ways that will not hurt the environment.

I’m changing the way I am buying my clothing. Replacing one piece of fast fashion with one piece of sustainable fashion as I can afford it. Slowly and mindfully without breaking my bank.

The good news is sustainable clothing is often the same price as fast fashion. You are sacrificing nothing.
I am taking the pledge to slow down. The time is now. Maybe you’d like to join me.

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Comments (12)

  • I totally agree with you. In my 20-30’s, I had to have whatever was in the magazines. But often, I didn’t wear it (enough), or I got bored with it, or it just didn’t suit me. I now am very careful, and have a lot of clothing custom made. I keep it FOREVER! (Mostly because I know my style, it’s made well, and I love it). I am also happy to shop in vintage or consignment stores. The fast fashion stores that exist now did not when I was young..and I am happy to say I learned to “buy the best you can afford” and to stick to classics at an early age.

    • Hi Ashley,

      I’m not an expert on clothing, but here are some brands our blog contributors have recommended:

      Poshmark
      Depop
      Everlane
      Ecocult
      WearWell
      Stitch Fix
      Kala
      Lara Intimates
      Sunday Forever
      THIRDLOVE
      bare reverie

      • You could also try Pact, they are good to people and the environment! Also you could download the “Good on You” app and it will tell you which brands are good to people and the environment and which aren’t!

  • The last line of the article is: “The good news is sustainable clothing is often the same price as fast fashion. You are sacrificing nothing.
    I am taking the pledge to slow down. The time is now. Maybe you’d like to join me.”

    And then there’s a link which leads me to lots of great products, but nothing to do with clothing. Did I miss something?

    • Hi Stanley,

      It’s true that we don’t sell clothes yet. Nonetheless, many of our members, including the author of the post, have wanted to write about sustainable fashion on the blog. It’s a relevant topic for anyone who cares about sustainability, and eventually we will have clothing essentials.

  • THANK YOU for this. Do you have any brand recommendations? There are a few sustainable brands that I know but they aren’t my style. I like bohemian and urban chique, especially in earthy colors and fabrics.

    • Hi Amy,

      I’m not an expert, but here are a few brands our blog contributors have recommended:

      Poshmark
      Depop
      Everlane
      Ecocult
      WearWell
      Stitch Fix
      Kala
      Lara Intimates
      Sunday Forever
      THIRDLOVE
      bare reverie

  • Love this!
    I have decided to “opt out” of the system by buying as much as I can at thrift stores and second hand. I live in Los Angeles, so it’s easier here than in most places, but my favorite place is a spot that sells stuff from movie sets. Most of their stuff has been worn maybe once or twice, and I’ve even gotten stuff that still had original store tags still on it.

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to read our blog, and for the kind words! If you haven’t had a chance to try us out, apply code BLOG15 at checkout for $15 off of your first order with us. 🌿🌱

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