Spring time is finally here and what a better time to get a head start on some cleaning! Whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom, or living room, there are so many ways to incorporate elements of sustainable practices into your household.

However, the best way to start is with your very own closet. With the rise of Marie Kondo’s KonMari method, we’re all in the mindset of letting things go that don’t spark joy. So why not take a weekend and comb through those piles of clothes that are catching dust at the back of your wardrobe?

And once that’s done, try incorporating some sustainable practices in building your new wardrobe:

1. Buy second-hand.

From popular thrift stores such as Goodwill to smaller vintage shops local to your area, there is no limit to the number of places that you can find second-hand pieces now. You’re even able to shop second-hand online through places like ThredUp, making it easier than ever. Buying second-hand is not only a cheaper alternative for your wallet, but it also cuts down on manufacturing demands and promotes recycling, instead of tossing clothes in the trash. On top of this, you can also find some incredibly unique pieces with awesome stories behind them!

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Source: ThredUp

2. Quality > Quantity

Buying the same cheap clothing item every few months can add up quick and these items often have harmful chemicals and wastage involved in their manufacturing processes. Instead, invest in clothing that is built to last, made with high quality fabric and good construction. We recommend browsing through Good Krama’s outerwear and Sundays Designs pants. You’ll find that by investing in these pieces, you won’t have to replace your clothes that often and you’ll start caring more about what you have.

3. Take proper care of your clothing

Learn how to take good care of your clothing in order to extend their wearability. Read the labels on each piece to understand the garment’s laundering instructions and whether it needs to be hand-washed or in cold/hot cycles. Also, invest in a clothing/dryer rack to line-dry your garments, instead of tossing them in the dryer as this can cause shrinkage and irreversible damage.

4. Shop ethical brands

Sustainable fashion is here to stay. New fashion companies are coming up everyday, showcasing pieces that are both beautiful and eco-friendly. We’re lucky to be able to work with some of these inspiring brands. Bravesoles takes old tires and up-cycles them into shoes and so far, has helped save over 700+ old tires. TAMGA Designs is a marketplace for clothing made out of sustainable fabrics such as tencel and organic cotton and through this, has helped conserve over 20 000+ litres of water.

5. Take stock of your current clothing 

Picture this: you’re out shopping, you see something that you like, and you immediately decide that you ‘need it’, completely forgetting that you already have a similar item somewhere in your closet back home. To avoid instances where you end up overbuying and overspending, take a stock of your closet regularly and record how many jeans, t-shirts, sweaters, and jackets you have. This helps keep you in check when you’re out shopping about the items you actually ‘need’, rather than those that you simply ‘want’. In case you need a new outfit for a special occasion, there are many local services where you can rent out clothing such as Fresh Fashion Library and Rent the Runway.

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