Slow Fashion is moving away from micro trends and disposable clothing, going back to high quality materials and garments made ethically and sustainably.
After an evening listening to Chantal Burchard, founder of Studio Intent, I have five takeaways on how you can include slow fashion as part of your effort to raise your family green.
Getting Start With Slow Fashion
Look from the inside out
Before you buy clothing items, turn the clothing inside out. Check out the seams for neatness and that they don't unravel with a gentle tug. Look for mismatched fabrics and any discolouration; if you see these, their quality is probably not great.
Know your fabrics
Not all fibres are created equal. Natural fibres tend to be more durable, but there are blends of manmade and natural that are good for you and the environment.
Is organic cotton really worth the extra dollars? You bet it is.
Organic cotton is grown without pesticides or herbicides resulting in a much lower yield. It’s much cleaner because of this and the low yield results in a higher cost than cotton grown with the use of pesticides and herbicides. The pesticides and herbicides not only result in residue left on the clothing, they also leave a large impact on the water and land surrounding the area where they are used.
Swap clothes with friends or buy used
Almost every city has a number of consignment and thrift shops. Just keep in mind that no on wants ripped or stained clothing.
The clothing donated that doesn't get sold is packed up, shipped to third world countries and is disposed of there in ways that we would never do in our own country.
Before you put those clothes in the donation bin, see if you can find another use for them. Why not try mending the clothing or upcycle the fabric for new clothes, bags or other accessories can range from easy to more difficult.
Need rags? Why not use what you have instead of buying rags?
Do your research on the brands you are buying
Where is it made? Is it made in an ethical and sustainable manner? If you can't find anything good, move on.
Just because it's made overseas doesn't mean its low quality or unethical.
Researching clothing fashion brands can be tricky and the fashion world does not provide easy solutions to find out the info…unless it’s a company that is proud of the sustainability built into their product. There are really great slow fashion brands doing fab things in sustainable fashion.
Buy with intent
There are around 52 micro trends in fashion each year. Avoid them for yourself and avoid fast fashion for your children. Find your own style and work it. And when you do add pieces to your wardrobe, buy them on purpose.
Buy less, better quality and ethically. Support your local slow fashion designers. There are fabulous and reasonably priced Canadian designers waiting to share their world with you.
Want to know more? A fantastic documentary is in the works that is exposing the truths within the fashion industry called The True Cost. Check out the teaser and prepare to have your eyes opened!
P.S. Read two steps you can take to minimize your kids' wardrobes.