What even is “Sustainable Fashion”?

We don’t profess to be some kind of super experts on sustainable fashion. Hell, we’re still mostly try to figure out what “fashion” is. But here we are, trying to promote “sustainable fashion” and well, that isn’t going to help anyone if you don’t know what it is, or where to begin.

Basically as far as the Walk Sew Good team can tell (which isn’t very far) sustainable fashion is:

the idea that our clothes and accessories can be made in a way that has minimal to no environmental damage, provides humans with safe and fair workplaces and contributes to the long-term health of the planet and all species that inhabit it.  

But being sustainable is hard. Especially when it comes to our clothes. It’s really easy to buy a $30 pair of shoes for work, or even better two for $40! It makes us feel nice when we buy new things, we feel special and according to research we can get a rush similar to that of gambling addicts.

“It’s all a bit hard”, we hear you say. “I’m too busy to worry about that kind of thing” “I NEED to have this” or “I have nothing to wear” are some pretty common phrases by everybody ever. But there is a pretty high chance that there are some clothes in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn for the last 12 months.

So how do you become a better shopper? We honestly don’t know all the answers…..yet. But we are doing our best to find out. We find that whenever we go shopping, we try to buy from second-hand charity stores (Hunter Gatherer – pictured), or social enterprises (like Beekeeper Parade or the Social Studio). But another good question to always ask yourself is:

“Do I really NEED this, or do I just WANT it?” 

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