As a part of my own personal journey, I have dedicated myself to a new way of living. I will come to explain many of my changes over the next few months, but today I am going to tell you about how I am organizing my life to fight fast fashion.
What is fast fashion? Fast fashion is the result of America’s consumeristic attitudes of things. It is the fashion industry pumping out $5 t-shirts made of toxic materials from people slaving away sweatshops. I can’t claim to know all about this subject but there are a few documentaries on the subject such as The True Cost and The Machinists.
So come next year, I strive to have a closet filled with a majority of natural fabrics from ethically sourced brands. But I don’t want to wait till next year, I want to make moves now!
The first step, get educated! If you really want to change your own habit of consumerism and fast fashion, please research it and find your own reasons why. Don’t do it because it’s a trend, do it because you want to. You need to make changes in your own life that will be sustainable for you.
The second step, make your choice. Once you have educated yourself on the issue, make your choice on how you want to tackle fast fashion! Do you want to own only natural fabric clothes? Do you want to own clothes from ethically sourced brands? Or do you want to make the full commitment of organic, non-toxic, natural fabrics, from ethically sourced brands? I would love to make the full commitment, but I’m not personally there yet. I have decided to start by owning equal amounts of natural and synthetic fabrics clothing items.
The third step, take inventory. Take out all of your clothes and lay them down somewhere you can go through them easily. Depending on your personal choice, you are going to separate your clothes into categories. Because of my choices, I separated my clothes into “natural materials” and “non-natural materials.” Because of the clothes I had, I chose to put items that were made of at least 70% natural materials in the “natural materials” pile. Everything else went in the “non-natural materials” pile.
The fourth step, discard. After you have taken inventory of your items, choose which items you are going to donate and/or sell. You need to take this step in order to get to your goal. Take a look at my inventory!
The pile to the left holds 41 “natural materials” and the pile to the right holds 68 “Non-natural materials.” I decided to donate 26 of the “non-natural material” items, leaving me with 42 items to *almost reach my goal.
The fifth step, be mindful. Be mindful and aware of the clothing items you have and cherish them. Be aware of the choice you made and keep that promise to yourself. This doesn’t mean that you get to clean out your closet and then when the next holiday sale comes along, you go crazy because you “were so good getting rid of those other items.” This may take some discipline but it is probably the most important step because it is sustaining your choice. I hope this post is helpful in you making the choice for yourself to fight fast fashion in any way that you can.
- Aurora D.