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Dressing For A Better Planet: Tips For Sustainable Dressing This 2023

Here are 10 easy ways you can start to become a more sustainable fashion girl!

While most of us have completed making our new year’s list of resolutions, it’s never too late to add to it—especially one that involves bettering our fashion choices. Many of the resolutions we make focus on aspiring for an improved version of ourselves. Here’s another one the can help make the world and our environment a better place: dressing more sustainably!

This year, we plan on staying stylish without harming our world. To help you join us in our resolution, we have created a guide to get you started. Start with one or do all of them, it’s all up to you! A little goes a long way today. Read our tips below and see which ones you can easily adopt!

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1. Show love to what you already have.

Starting sustainability doesn’t mean replacing your entire wardrobe with new pieces. An easy way to be sustainable is to make sure your pieces stay with you long-term. This means taking care of them by properly following their care instructions and wearing them until they’re well-loved. 

2. Before you buy something new, ask yourself how many times you’ll wear it.

Yes, that dress is cute, but when will you wear it? If your answer is for a party, event, or some vague possibility in the future, look back to your current wardrobe and think if you already own something that can be re-worn or reworked. Ask if you can see yourself wearing this piece even 5 to 10 years from now. 

3. Shopping local is always more sustainable.

Sustainability is not only eco-friendliness, but is also societal and economic. By shopping locally you’re more sustainable by having a lower carbon footprint compared to buying from foreign brands, and by helping the local economy and the Filipino workers and artisans involved.

4. Find out where the clothing you’re about to buy came from.

Before checking out your cart, be sure to not just check the material of the piece, but also the background of the brand on how it treats its workers. Remember, organic fibers such as linen are more eco-friendly than synthetic ones like polyester. 

5. Wash with care.

Laundering clothing made from synthetic materials leads to the release of microplastics. To avoid this, an easy way would be to wash your clothes inside a washing bag that can collect the plastics for proper disposal.

6. Re-work or reuse.

If your clothes accidentally get a hole in them, easy repairs can be done by hand. For the clothes you no longer use, you can always rework it into a new piece. For clothing irreversibly stained and well worn out, give them a new function, such as a house rag.

7. More using means less washing.

Some types of garments like pants and outerwear can be worn multiple times before laundering is needed. For pieces like these, giving them several uses before washing saves a ton of water.

8. Donate, donate, donate!

For wearable clothing you no longer need, donate the pieces to those in need. When it comes to your unusable garments, donate them to companies that have a recycling or reworking program, such as H&M and Wear Forward. 

9. Find treasures in secondhand clothing.

Whether from the thrift store or from your grandmother’s closet, secondhand clothing is a cheap and easy way to add to your wardrobe without harming the environment. It's Vintage is a good start!

10. Have a style swap!

Instead of buying new clothes when you’re bored, have a style swap with your friends or relatives. This will help you experiment with your style without having to commit to new pieces.

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