Did you know that the fashion industry is the second-largest polluter worldwide?

The biggest culprit is “Fast Fashion” is a significant contributor to environmental pollution due to its production process and throwaway culture.

Consumers can encourage a more sustainable fashion industry by choosing second-hand clothing, investing in higher quality garments, and supporting brands with sustainable and ethical practices.

Social media plays a big role in how consumers make purchases, but it's important to remember that not all products are made equal.

Only 15% of apparel is donated or repurposed, and the rest ends up in landfills, where it can take up to 200 years to decompose.

Let's explore ways to make a positive impact through our fashion choices:

* Purchase clothing made from natural and recycled fibers: Cotton, linen and recycled materials are all great choices. While I hope Kat Germosen is always your top choice, there are many wonderful sustainable brands from around the world.

* Recycle your clothes: Sites such as Poshmark,Thredup, Mercari and Ebay allow you to easily and conveniently recycle your clothes to a new owner and make a couple bucks on the side. Sites like these are outstanding resources to find gently used “new to you” items that freshen up your closet. This is great for the planet AND your wallet.

* Repurpose your garments: Has a TikTok or Instagram informed you that skinny jeans are out? Turn them into shorts.

* DONATE!: Many fashionistas consider thrift shopping a sport. What you no longer have a use for may bring someone else a lot of joy. Check out your local donation centers.

* Consider thrifting for vintage clothing: These items are often of higher quality, with more intricate designs and a longer lifespan, which is why they can be pricier. However, it's worth the investment if you find something you truly love and have it tailored to fit perfectly. Start by researching your local thrift stores or curating a list of your favorite vintage shops to find the most coveted pieces.

Thank you for reading, Katherine,

Leave a comment