Today is the last day of Fashion Revolution Week – a week that has mobilised the world to ask #whomademyclothes and to demand more transparency in the garment industry.
And so with this week coming to an end, I want to ask what you do with all the chlothes that you no longer want, the ones that you push to the back of your wardrobe, forever forgotten.
Is it the end for them?
The answer: absolutely not.
We live in a ‘throwaway society’ meaning that we throw things away as soon as we no longer see value in it, even though these things still work or still are useful.
But this is a society that is harmful to the environment and to its resources. Did you know that the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world after oil?
But, by extending the life of our clothes, each of us can make a significant difference to the reduction of carbon waste and water consumption.
So with this in mind I’ve put together 4 of the best ways to spring clean your wardrobe sustainably!
1. LOOK AGAIN
So often we forget those hidden gems that we have lying at the back of our wardrobe. We become obsessed with this idea of buying new, of buying again and again. But what if you were to look at the clothes you already own with a fresh set of eyes? Next time you open your wardrobe, look again at what you already own and I promise you will be amazed. Be creative! Think about new ways of styling your clothes in ways that will give these items a new lease of life.
2. SHARE CLOTHES
The rise of the sharing economy is one that could really shake up the fashion industry, spelling the end of fast fashion. Now, not only can you share items of clothing with your closest friends but also with people all over the world. Sites such as Poshmark, Le Tote, Tradesy and Kidizen allow consumers to sell, buy and rent items of clothing at a fraction of their retail price, promoting a smaller fashion footprint by challenging conventional ‘throwaway’ habits.
3. UPCYCLE FABRICS
For the most creative amongst you, why don’t you upcycle your clothes? There are thousands of ideas online for upcycling fabrics. One of my favourite resources is Upcycle That, a website that inspires people to creatively repurpose and reuse. Perhaps your old jeans could be remade into a cushion or that dress could become a tote… the possibilities are endless!
One of the oldest and easiest ideas in the book – you can donate your clothes to charity shops or homeless shelters where not only will the items get a second lease of life but they will also be used to support worthy causes.
So there you have it – 4 ways to extend the life of your clothes. Now you have no excuse to throw them away!
If you have any other tips I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.