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Posted Saturday 8th September 2018

5 WAYS TO UP THE SUSTAINABLE & ETHICAL IN YOUR WARDROBE

5 WAYS TO UP THE SUSTAINABLE & ETHICAL IN YOUR WARDROBE

The last few years have been slow for me.  

I just haven't been able to find much to buy.  

So instead of shopping, I went learning instead.

After my decision to purchase only original, sustainable & ethical, I began a journey ...

Discovering people, blogs, forums, movements that are really committed to sustainable and ethical fashion and creating impact in an industry that really needs to change it up for the better.

My heart  is to continue to bring you beautiful things.  

That also do beautiful things for you, the people that make them and our world.

Here are some of my key learnings around building a fashion wardrobe that is sustainable and ethical.  

Simple but I find them inspiring … I hope you do too!

1.  Certified Organic is Best.

Certified Organic is your promise that what you are purchasing … 1) has been grown without the use of synthetic chemicals, 2) has not been genetically modified 3) is cruelty free ~ Synthetic fabrics are so toxic both for the environment and for us … so this year choose natural and remember when possible … Certified Organic is your very best choice.  

2.  Choose to Upcycle.

Choosing to up cycle fashion or purchase fashion created from pre existing materials is so win win.  You're removing toxic landfill from the world as well as giving yourself a pretty good chance that the fabrics you're putting against your skin have been washed multiple times and are now free from those icko chems that make clothes sit so nicely in shops.  

3.  We don't Dry Clean.

A cold hand wash in a Certified Organic washing soap and a shade dry is best for us, our dresses and the environment.  Let's clue on that many garments say 'Dry Clean Only' not because this is the only way to wash them but as a protective mechanism for the designer.  9 times out of 10 delicate garments are completely fine to wash at home (#pennysavewin).  Doing so reduces the synthical chems going into our world and our skin.  Check the tags of your garment before you purchase it and seek advice if you can hand wash before you buy.

4.  Choose local & small scale.

Buying local is so cuddle worthy.  Most importantly, it gives you the option to get to know your designer, their design inspirations, production process and fabrication sources.  Choosing to purchase fashion that is friendly to your environment and your body involves asking questions.  What is this fabric?  Where did it come from?  How was it made?  Where was it made?  Who made it? Buying pieces made in small scale and locally made will give you a 'much more likely' when it comes to obtaining the truth in fabric sources, manufacturing processes and conditions.  

5.  BYO bag.

Even if we're not purchasing a completely sustainable piece ~ and sometimes it's just not possible ~ a simple way to reduce environmental impact is to say no to packaging.  A little paper and ribbon is just perfect to pop into a tote that you know has come from good sources.  

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I'd love to know what you think about sustainable and ethical fashion.  Write me a note on my Facebook.

Much love to you.

Mary.

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POLLY EVANS @shespollyevans  is a creative fashion & lifestyle space inspired about big, beautiful lives.

My aesthetic is feminine, colourful, textural & print heavy … with a focus on sustainable creations.  

Based on the Gold Coast, Australia, I style by appointment for personal wardrobe, home spaces and events.

I'd love to connect.  Call me on 0404033850 or email connect@pollyevans.com.au to book in.

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With love, Mary. 

"Style is knowing who you are and what you stand for".  SHOP the latest NOW. 

 

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