5 Ethical Wardrobe Resolutions for the New Year
So the New Year is a’coming and if you haven’t already started thinking about resolutions, why not give your wardrobe a makeover in 2017? Now I’m not talking about a complete overhaul but some little changes here and there can help your wardrobe to be a little more sustainable and green. I’ll definitely be following some of my own suggestions next year.
1. Leggings – Leggings are a really easy thing to change when it comes to sustainability. If you wear them as often as I do, then it won’t take you much convincing to see why buying a more high quality, environmentally-friendly pair is the way to go. I’ve been eyeing this pair from Cossac. I was introduced to Cossac by the ladies over at Clean Cult and I’ve been lusting over a couple of their pieces, including these leggings. A major issue though is that they only come in one size (totally not cool). If you find yourself left out, other options include People Tree and Braintree. If these are a little too expensive for your taste then Sainsbury’s offer leggings made from Modal, a relatively environmentally-friendly fibre. It’s not anything to write home about (and doesn’t guarantee the sustainability of the manufacturing process) but it’s definitely a better alternative to Primark or Topshop.
2. Jumpers – Looking at all of jumpers in my wardrobe (and there’s a lot), about 95% of them came from charity shops. Charity shops are still totally underrated and they are especially worthwhile for knitted garments like jumpers and cardigans. It’s easy to spot something of a highly quality and you can’t get more sustainable than buying second-hand. Many of my favourite jumpers come from charity shops and they still look as new as the day they were originally bought.
3. Bags – For me, a sustainable bag – or any kind of bag – needs to be vegan. My favourite brand is Matt & Nat and I’ve had amazing experiences with both a purse and a backpack that I have from them. Both are still going strong a year or two after purchase and look relatively brand new. I have the Motiv SM purse in Chestnut (not available at the moment) and the Katherine bag in Black. Matt and Nat are often on sale on ASOS and I managed to pick up the purse for about £25. The bag was a gift bought at full price but it’s incredibly well made and I’m still really in love with it. All of their bags are made from super high quality vegan synthetic leather and the linings and/or canvas selections are made from recycled bottles.
4. Pyjamas – This is a suggestion that I really need to take on myself. My pyjama collection is ridiculous and really needs editing. I’ve got my eye on some lovely People Tree organic cotton pyjamas; super soft and they come in a large range of colours and patterns. I'm very tempted by the grey star selections currently on sale. A more simple change would be ensuring that you repurpose old t-shirts for pyjamas and loungewear instead of buying dedicated sets.
5. Jewellery - This seems like an odd one, but committing to only buying high quality, ethically-made jewellery can make a big difference, to the environment and to your bank balance. I no longer buy cheap costume jewellery and only invest money in well made pieces that are at least sterling silver. Less plastic = good for the environment, and it's nice to have a wardrobe category safe from dreaded impulse purchases. My absolute favourite brand for this purpose is Oh My Clumsy Heart. I only own one piece at the moment, but it's seen me through thick and thin and despite breaking four times (my fault entirely), I absolutely adore it. Sophie from OMCH has repaired it for me twice and I must get round to repairing it myself soon so I can start wearing it again. I have a horrible habit of trying to take my jumpers off without taking my glasses off first... Unfortunately you can no longer buy the necklace I have but I have my eye on some newer pieces: the Tiny Sterling Silver Studs, Sterling Silver Tube Necklace, and the Sterling Silver Circle Earrings.