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Have you heard of sustainable fashion and want to know more about what it is and how it works? Read on and learn more here.
Did you know that the fashion industry creates 10% of the world's carbon emissions? Not only that, but fast fashion also pollutes soil, contributes to landfills, and sends microplastics into our oceans.
But since clothing is a basic human need and a source of creativity, how can we get around this problem? The answer is sustainable fashion!
Sometimes called slow fashion, sustainable fashion is produced with the environment in mind. Let's explore this eco-fashion movement in detail!
Sustainable fashion companies design, create, and sell clothing in an environmentally friendly way. The goal is to reduce, or altogether cut out, production waste and pollution. A few ways that companies do this is:
In comparison, fast fashion relies on a quick turnaround model. The garments are often made from low-quality materials and cheap manufacturing practices. The goal is to encourage constant consumption and short-term use of pieces.
84% of Canadians agree that we need solutions to solve climate change as soon as possible. Luckily, sustainable fashion is the definition of going green!
Sustainable designs use natural materials like hemp, cotton, and cellulose fibres. These biodegradable textiles won't spend hundreds of years sitting in landfills. So ditch fast fashion, which generally uses synthetic fibres.
Fast fashion companies often use harmful dyes that contaminate the local water and soil. Sustainable companies choose to use plant-based, non-toxic dyes. Natural dyes also require less water waste during the treatment process!
A large chunk of fabric waste in fast fashion comes from leftovers after a garment has been cut out. The extra scraps of fabric are rarely used and often end up in a landfill.
Sustainable designers are finding unique ways to create zero-waste patterns for their creations. They might also redesign their packaging to use natural or biodegradable materials!
A lot of cheap clothing is made overseas and shipped to Canada. This raises two major problems. Factories are often set in third-world countries with weak environmental practices. Transportation is another issue for all the pollution it causes.
Supporting local, sustainable designers is a great way to avoid these problems. Canadian-made clothing has to follow strict manufacturing and employment laws. So you know that your new garment will be made safely and ethically!
We have an amazing selection of homegrown designers who focus on sustainability. When you shop for these brands, you're also supporting the local economy and Canadian talent!
There are hundreds of other local designers and artisans working on a smaller scale. So when you're shopping for this year's hottest trends, try looking locally!
Sustainable fashion is not a trend. It's a global movement to lessen the disastrous effects of fashion on our environment! Consider ditching fast fashion and embracing local, sustainable designers.
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