Six ways you can reduce your fashion footprint without leaving your own home

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We’re all well aware that the fast fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world right now.

According to Sustain your Style “the root of the problem lies in our excessive consumerism: we buy 10 while our grandmothers bought 2.”

If, like us, you’re wanting to reduce your fashion footprint this year, then we’ve got some helpful tips to make your wardrobe more sustainable…

Organise your wardrobe

Organising your wardrobe is the first and most important step sustainable wardrobe process
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To get started, the first and best thing you can do is organise your wardrobe. We can guarantee you’ll find some old gems in there that you’ve not worn in years.

Having a tidy wardrobe will not only cleanse your mind, but also help you style new outfits together which is less likely to result in an urge to buy new clothes.

Donate unwanted clothes

Donating your clothes is a really important part of the sustainable process
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After organising your wardrobe, it’s highly likely that you’ll find clothes which are old, tired or simply don’t fit anymore, and there’s plenty of solutions to dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way.

Post lockdown, you can swing by and drop off any old clothes at charity shops, or if you’re desperate to get them out of your house, use a free collection service like or better yet, pass them down to your younger siblings or offer them out to your friends. One man’s rubbish may be another’s treasure.

Wash your clothes less and avoid the tumble drier

Avoiding the tumble dryer is really important
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It’s strongly advised to re-wear your clothes more than once or twice before washing unless you actually get them dirty. Denim brand Levi’s even recommends you wash your jeans once a month!

Another bad habit to get out of is the use of the tumble dryer. Try air drying on a clothes airer or washing line if you’re lucky enough to have a garden. They’re less likely to suffer wear and tear this way.

Repair and up-cycle your clothes

Find time to repair or customise your clothes to give them a new lease of life
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In 2020 it was recorded that people in the UK throw away around 3.1kg of textile every year. If an item of clothing has a hole or tear in it, simply just repair it or take it to a local repairs and alterations shop who will work their magic.

With vintage clothing selling like wildfire on the likes of Ebay and Depop, you can distress or customise your old garments in exchange for some serious cash.

Buy second-hand

Follow eco influencers and eco hashtags to encourage you to second hand shop
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You can find some seriously good deals in your local charity or vintage shops, even designer gear (if you’re in the right area) for a fraction of the price or browse on resale apps Ebay and Depop for some almost new goods. It’s cheaper and environmentally friendly.

We’re well aware it can be hard to transition into a more sustainable lifestyle, it helps to follow hashtags on Instagram like #secondhandseptember which was started by Oxfam or eco-influencer’s to feel the encouragement and inspiration to shop second-hand.

Shop sustainable brands

H&M have sustainable range called Conscious
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And finally, let’s be honest, if you know you’re not solely going to shop second-hand, try looking into which brands are trying to be more sustainable, you may surprised yourself at who’s doing what.

H&M conscious, Baukjen, TOAST, Paper London, Marks and Spencer’s are just a few brands who now sell sustainable fashion.

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