How does the recent trend of minimalism relate to sustainability?
by Zoe Malik
Today, the quantity of clothes in our wardrobes forms a large part of the environmental issues around our clothing choices. Therefore, reducing the amount of clothes we purchase is key to decisions we make around clothing. As a result we can reduce our impact on depleted resources, materials and pollution from manufacturing and transportation.
Failing to donate our old clothes to charity or to dispose of them correctly often means that clothes end up in landfills were they do not biodegrade.
So, an instant solution is to live more minimally which means buy less clothes. This means you can invest more in clothes that actually hold value for you as you tend to wear them more often. This means you actually use the clothes you buy rather than just displaying them. Equally you can support brands that manufacture in an ethical and sustainable way who are more responsible and care more about the impacts that they have. However, one way not to go about this is getting rid of everything and buying everything new from scratch.
Below is a list of ways to ensure you get to grips with a sustainable minimalist living:
1) Declutter: overcome mindless mass consumption
Get rid of clothes that no longer appeal to you or simply clothes that you no longer wear. Be real and honest with yourself by replacing your wardrobe for clothes you 100% will wear. Do not gather items of clothing every time you go shopping by evaluating the stuff you buy. More importantly, take care of your clothes so you can use them for a long time.
2) Sell those unwanted items
Let someone else appreciate your pre-loved posessions. It is important to make sure the clothes are being donated to a just cause where it will benefit others greatly as we have a responsibility to get rid of our clothes we purchase sustainably. This could be in the form of donating to an organisation or a company.
3) Frugal fashion
Be more resourceful and less wasteful by discovering creative methods to save money such as life/clothes hacks.
4) Buy second hand
This may be better for your budget than buying new clothes. Just make sure to give them a good clean before you wear them. This can be even more rewarding as you are supporting a charity, and clothes are being re-used rather than thrown away.
5) Borrow rather than buy
If you need an item of clothing such as fancy dress that you know you will not wear frequently, why not borrow/ rent it rather than buy.
6) Be you, be original
Generate your individual distinctive look because fast fashion is not really sustainable. Fashion changes all the time creating a large problem through the amount of clothes being produced and thrown away. Visualise how many resources go into clothes you wear which are wasted when they end up being thrown away.