Sustainability Is Always in Style

Sep 21, 2018 11:06 AM

It's now easier than ever to look great while serving as an ambassador for the environment.

Here are some tips to help you keep sustainability at the forefront when filling up your closet for the Fall:

1. Research your brands.

More and more companies are joining the sustainability movement by creating products with environmentally friendly materials or focusing on ocean clean up efforts. Some to check out include:

  • Allbirds. Every shoe is made with eco-friendly materials including merino wool, eucalyptus trees and sugar cane. They also take it a step further with their packaging, using 90 percent post-consumer recycled cardboard that serves as a shoebox, shopping back, and mailer all in one.
  • Adidas. The sports giant partnered with Parley to create a line of high performance sportswear made from plastic reclaimed at beaches and coastlines before it enters the ocean. The line offers hoodies, socks, polos, pants and footwear.
  • United By Blue. For every product sold, the clothing company removes one pound of trash from our world's oceans and waterways through their clean up initiatives. Here's how.

2. Be choosey with materials.

  • Avoid acrylic and rayon. A lot of chemicals that are toxic to humans and animals are used to make acrylic and rayon. Producing these materials also requires a lot of water and energy, and once they're used and thrown away, they're very hard to recycle.
  • Opt for organic cotton. Organic cotton is grown without harmful pesticides or chemicals, which can end up in the air and water, harming both animals and humans.

3. Donate your clothes and shop secondhand.

Donating clothes reduces the need for more materials and energy used in the production of new clothing. You can also take it step further by getting clothes from a thrift or consignment shop. Now, there's more options than ever, with secondhand clothing websites like Thred Up.