Photography by: Lauren Hirsch
The best type of pants are no pants, right?
That's one thing i've always stood firmly behind. But, if there's another thing I stand behind, it's the fact that the planet is in serious trouble, and we need to do all that we can to save it. Many people tell me, "I don't know what to do", and I'm always shocked to hear this from people in the fashion industry. With fashion being the second biggest polluter on the planet, there is SO much we can do to help reduce our footprint, and rather, so much we should be doing. And it starts with becoming informed and eco-conscious consumers.
I've recently been cleaning out my closet, and have been trying to only fill it with pieces that are ethical, sustainable, and eco-friendly (if possible), even if I have to save more and buy less. One of my go-to brands that checks all of these boxes is Reformation, whose motto even states, "We Make Killer Clothes that Don't Kill the Environment". And, let me tell you, they totally live up to that statement. Not only are their clothes extremely cute (I could seriously dump all my savings on them), but on their site, they list the total amount of CO2 emissions, water, and waste saved during the production of each item, in comparison to the industry standard. No other clothing company (that I know of) does this, let alone, list dozens of resources regarding the detriments of fashion on the planet on their website, like they do. I highly recommend poking around their site if you want to learn more about why we should be shopping more sustainably. It taught me a lot, and really encouraged me to make this shift. Oh, and by the way, this is totally not sponsored. Seriously. I just freaking love Reformation.
If your budget is a little on the smaller side, Everlane is another great ethical and sustainable shop. They have basic, high quality cotton pieces for under $30, and more luxury pieces for $50-$150. One of the awesome things about their site, too, is their "Name Your Price" section, where you can choose between three different prices for certain "sale" items. It's a great way for them to handle overproduction, as well as offer quality, eco-friendly clothing for an affordable price. Not every item is like this, but there are quite a few that are, which is really, really awesome.
Other ways to make a more eco-conscious change include swapping real leather for vegan leather (ps, can you believe this gorgeous jacket is vegan?! I couldn't believe it when I first saw!) and swapping wool and cashmere for synthetic fabrics. By reducing use of animal skins, it greatly reduces the carbon footprint on our planet, as well as the amount of water used per production.
Although my journey is just beginning, I'm working closer and closer to have a more eco-friendly wardrobe and (hopefully) switch into more sustainable style blogging. It may take a while, but if i'm going to consider myself an environmental activist, it's about time I start living like one.
What are you doing to help our planet?