Easy steps to a more sustainable wardrobe
Humanitarian and founder of Soul Wanderful, Krystal Rose, adapted to a more sustainable lifestyle nearly a decade ago and revealed there are simple steps that everyone can take to make a difference.
Rose's travels around the globe have broadened her perspective on the conditions and circumstances of people who work in the apparel business in impoverished countries.
"Because fast fashion has really taken over and their locally sourced apparel can’t compete with stuff that’s cheaply made somewhere else," Rose said of her conversations with international apparel workers. "So they’ve had to give in and forced to sell these products, that only are not coming from their own people, their own economy, but the money goes back to a different economy. And they’re getting paid very little for that," she disclosed.
Under the umbrella of sustainable fashion is fair trade, which includes making sure fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries.
"We have no excuse in understanding where our clothes are actually coming from, how they’re produced and who’s being harmed. Usually a shirt that’s $5 was not made by someone who’s getting paid even a living wage," Rose pointed out.
Rose admits taking on a sustainable lifestyle, and even transitioning your wardrobe to be more eco-friendly, can be a daunting task so she laid simple steps everyone can make take to make a difference:
1. For me, I had to evaluate how many clothes and shoes that I had to recognize that I need to pull out some of the things that I’m not wearing and figure out what to do with it. Whether it’s give away or try to recycle or resell.
2. Make a conscious decision to stop buying so frequently...Find out what you can sacrifice...maybe only limit yourself to only shopping for occasions, or buy quality pieces, or actively looking for brands that sell sustainable, eco friendly materials.
3. Start following influencers who talk about sustainability. Look at YouTube videos where they talk about sustainability as well.
4. Shout out brands on social media and let them know you’re interested in seeing more eco friendly collections
"It’s not that you have to give up expressing yourself, it’s just now you can make conscious choices of, I’m going to buy quality clothes or I’m going to pay a little more attention to where it’s coming from,” she suggested. "Awareness is going to be the key to things changing as well as process...Things are starting to change. Hopefully sustainability is not a trend. I think sustainability is getting a little bit sexier," she quipped.
You as a consumer have the power to influence what a brand does. You don’t have to be an influencer, just have to be someone who starts the conversation.