Within the last few years, the evils behind the world of fast fashion and it’s effect on the environment and well being of the factory workers have become a hot topic. It wasn’t until about a year ago that I really questioned where my clothes came from and how I could buy them for little of nothing. Trust me, I was in Forever21, H&M, and all the other fast fashion favorites almost every other weekend trying to catch the best deals and rock the latest trends. However, as I learned more about the sins of the industry, I realized how selfish I truly was and how I desperately needed a wardrobe and mindset change.
Like most people, when I bought my 5 for $25 shirts and jeans, I wasn’t thinking of where it came from or who made it. I was just happy it was cheap which enabled me to buy more. Why would I buy one $80 USA made shirt as opposed to being able to have ten similar shirts that were made in China somewhere? Sounds pretty stupid right? Well it turns out there’s a lot more to that $5 shirt than we think. To produce one shirt, takes about 700 gallons of water. Obviously I’m not the only one in need of a shirt, so that number of precious resources being used only goes up. That’s a LOT of water and we all know clean water is already extremely limited. Also, if I’m only paying $5 dollars for it, what is the person who took the time to actually make it getting out of it? Not much.
Sustainable Brand Spotlight- Lukka the Label
I’ll admit, turning my closet over to be more eco friendly and sustainable has been a slow process. I think the toughest part for me was adjusting to the steeper prices of clothes that were actually built to last longer than a month (yes that was a shot at Zara, H&M, and all the rest of em) . The main thing I had to change was my mindset..I had to think of how buying a high quality tshirt for $80 as opposed to $8 meant reducing textile waste and whoever made my shirt was most likely paid a fair wage and working in safe conditions. One brand I’ve been admiring lately is Lukka the Label. The owner, Kelsey does her part in helping the environment and community by making all of her clothes out of deadstock fabric. Meaning every time she creates a new shirt she doesn’t waste gallons of water, she simply uses fabrics that have already been made! Kelsey was kind enough to send me The Luce Top and Lady Jane Wrap Dress in Mauve. The material on both pieces are lightweight and breathable yet durable, which make them perfect to rock during the blazing summer months here in Texas. Kelsey is doing major things for the environment and community in Los Angeles through Lukka. Make sure to check out her latest pieces at LukkatheLabel.
“But I can’t afford eco-friendly/sustainable clothes!”
So I totally get buying USA made and sustainable clothing can get a little pricey and isn’t always easy on the pockets..but there are still ways that you can buy eco friendly without emptying your pockets! One of the quickest and more affordable ways I flipped my wardrobe was by thrift shopping. Hardly any of my clothes are new or on trend but it’s cool to know that I’m helping bring change to the world by recycling old treasures and preventing textile waste by not demanding newer clothes. This new way of thinking of shopping has also helped me determine the difference between want and need. Do I really need the knock off pieces that I see my favorite celebrities wearing? Mmm no. Who wants to wear the same stuff that everyone else is wearing anyway? Get creative, be unique, and think about who and what you’re effecting while shopping. I promise it’s for the best for everyone.
My favorite online thrift stores
My main lady. Based out of Miami, Small Needs always has the best selections and prices. She has a gift for finding the most unique pieces and even some vintage designer! I use a lot of her pieces to style my photoshoots.
I’m sure you’ve all heard of Depop. Amy by far is one of my absolute favorite girls to shop from. She has a lot of pieces that are on trend for amazing prices and often runs amazing sales. (Polka dots are really in right now and she has a lot of different styles of them! )
Let me know your favorite online thrift stores. I’m always looking to support new people!
Happy (ecofriendly) shopping!