How to Make Your Clothes Last Longer - The Easy Guide to Caring for Your Clothes | Sustainable Fashion 101

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

This is the second post in my sustainable fashion series and this week we're going to talk about caring for your clothes to keep them looking brand new for longer. Caring for your clothes properly is so important to help ensure your clothes stand the test of time.

1. Use a fabric shaver.

By far the best thing I've invested in when it comes caring for my clothes is my debobbler (I don't think that's its proper name but that's what I always call it). This has singlehandedly saved so many of my clothes and made them wearable again. I have a white bodysuit from Missguided which I love but had to stop wearing because it got too bobbled and the bobbles were really noticeable on the white fabric, I used my debobbler on it and now it looks brand new again! This is the one I bought which is the Phillips fabric shaver from Amazon and it was only £13.29. I highly recommend getting one since it's been such lifesaver.

2. Start steaming.

Something else I recently purchased was a steamer. I hate ironing (anyone else?) so I love my steamer for getting rid of creases. It's so much quicker and more convenient to use than an iron and makes my clothes crease free. I've been using the Dodocool portable garment steamer from Amazon which is £18.99.

3. Read your labels! 

This might sound a bit obvious but its so important to read the wash label in your clothes so they don't get damaged. It's important to check the temperature an item should be washed at and whether the item needs to be hand-washed or dry cleaned. More delicate items such as blouses and jumpers should be washed on a delicate setting. Also, don't mix your colours! You can also pin the laundry symbol guide from above on Pinterest, it came from a post from One Good Thing which explains more about wash labels. You can read the post here.

4. Don't over wash your clothes. 

You don't need to wash all your items after only one use, in fact over washing certain items can damage them, wool and denim items should be washed as little as possible to avoid damage so try not to wash them unless they really need it. Jeans can also be put in a ziplock bag in the freezer overnight to kill germs instead of washing them. I haven't tried this yet but apparently it really helps to preserve your denim.


5. Be careful when storing them.

The way you store your clothes can also lengthen their life span. I like to hang items that are more delicate and that can crease easily up in my wardrobe. When it comes to my chest of drawers I've recently started folding my items using the KonMari method of folding. This method prevents creases, allows me to fit more items in each drawer and I can see everything. The diagram above shows how to fold a top using this method, you can read more in this post from Juju Sprinkles. I first heard of this method in this video from Lucy Jessica Carter which I recommend you give a watch.

Do you have any clothing care tips? Have you tried a debobbler before? Let me know in the comments.

Sustainable Fashion 101 | A Beginners Guide to Sustainable Fashion

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

It's time to change the way we shop!

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Something I saw a lot of people talking about last year was sustainable fashion. One of my resolutions this year is to be more intentional with my spending and aware of how my purchases are affecting the environment. Over the last few weeks, I have been researching sustainable fashion, which has lead me to write this blog post.

We live in a time where the world is at our fingertips, we have so many retailers that we can access from our phones which makes it all too easy to online shop. This coupled with next day delivery means our consumption has lead to the fashion industry producing over 100 billion new garments per year. We’ve all been there when you’ve got a night out coming up and need a new outfit, it’s so easy to just go on a clothing app the evening before and place an order. Often your new outfit is delivered the next morning barely 12 hours from when you placed the order.

But has amazing as all of this is it’s not sustainable. The garment industry has become the second biggest polluter in the world, which is crazy to think about. I would never have realised this before doing my research.

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How is the garment industry polluting the environment?

I’m going to try and keep this brief because there are so many ways the environments being affected! 
Here are a few facts I found: 

* Cotton production requires a large amount of water and pesticides, both of which are bad for the environment. 

* The world's 8th largest supplier of cotton is Kazakhstan and due to this, the Aral Sea is drying up. Which has made the local climate hotter, affected locals health and reduced the number of jobs in the area. The picture below shows the Aral sea in 1989 (left) and in 2014 (right).

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* 300,000 tonnes of clothes are dumped in landfill each year.

* Microfibres being washed out of synthetic fabrics contributes to the build of plastic in rivers and oceans.

* In some parts of the world factories are dumping chemicals into rivers which has lead to a lack of clean drinking water for locals and if changes aren’t made could also eventually affect us in the UK.

All of these facts came from a documentary I watched has part of my research, which was Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashions Dirty Secrets, I definitely recommend you watch the documentary if you want to learn more (you can watch it here) it’s mind-blowing to see how much of an impact our purchases are actually having on the environment.

All of this means we need to change our spending habits and our approach to consuming clothes.

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So what can we do to make difference?

There are so many things we can all do to minimise the impact on the environment and they’re all really easy to start implementing in your life.
    * Shop less, buy better. - Reducing the number of clothes we buy, and when we do shop, buying higher quality clothes that will stand the test of time can make a big difference and can also help decrease the number of clothes that end up in landfill.
    * Be more selective with who we purchase from. - Being more mindful of the companies we buy from is so important. Which means buying from less fast fashion brands and more sustainable fashion brands. Unfortunately, many of the popular clothing websites fall into the fast fashion category. To find out how sustainable your favourite clothing sites are and to discover more sustainable clothing sites, you can use the Good On You app (it also tells you how ethical a brand is). I’ve been using the app myself and it’s definitely come in handy. You can get the app here.
    * Buy less fast fashion and more timeless pieces that won’t go out of style. Similar to buying high-quality pieces this will reduce the number of clothes leaving your wardrobe.
    * Don’t worry about trends - I feel like this needs to be said, you don’t have to buy into every trend just because it’s in style if you don’t know if you’ll actually wear it then don’t buy it.  Also, just because something's gone out of style doesn’t mean you need to get rid of it immediately if you still like it keep wearing it. Be your own trendsetter!
    * Don’t treat your clothes as disposable as this will lessen their life span.
* Never throw clothes away - instead, you can:
    * Donate them to charity 
    * Sell them on an app like Depop (download here)
    * Do a clothes swap with your friends
    * Look into reworking them - I’ll talk more about this in a future post.

    * Take care of your clothing to lengthen their life span - This is something I’m going to talk more about in my next post.

* Shop your own wardrobe and make the most of the clothes you’ve got. I’ll also be talking about this in my next post.

I wanted this post to be a simple guide to sustainable fashion so I hope you find it useful.

Let me know in the comments if you have any tips for buying more sustainably and if there are any sustainable fashion brands I need to try.

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