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Sustainable Fashion: 5 Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Wardrobe

January 17, 2022
Written by Aaron

Sustainable clothing is a hot topic in the fashion industry right now. Making the switch from fast fashion to a more eco-friendly alternative is excellent for the environment, and you’ll notice a considerable difference in quality, comfort, and durability! At the Sassyfras Boutique, we’re masters of how to shop sustainably on a budget. Here are some tips on how to incorporate eco-friendly fashion choices into your wardrobe.

 

Why is Sustainable Fashion Important?

We love fashion, but there are some unfortunate consequences to fast fashion and unsustainable manufacturing practices. Cheap-quality fashion and international shipping aren’t great for the environment. You can drastically reduce your carbon footprint by choosing more sustainable alternatives. That’s right—you can help protect the earth and look fabulous while doing it!

Here are five ways to make your fashion wardrobe more sustainable and eco-friendly:

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Invest in High-Quality Pieces

Do high-quality clothes last longer? The answer is a resounding yes! Hastily manufactured clothing made from poor quality materials won’t last as long. Holes and split seams will develop much more quickly. High-quality fashion is often more budget-friendly than cheap, fast fashion if you consider cost-per-wear because you can wear those pieces for years and years! We recommend looking for versatile, classic pieces that you can dress up or down, or combine with layering pieces throughout different seasons. The more you can wear them, the better the value!

 

Opt for Natural Materials

Naturally-sourced fashion materials like cotton, linen, and bamboo are super sustainable and great for the environment. After all, they come straight from the plant—and you know we’re all about plants over here! Plus, natural materials are more comfortable, breathable, and easy to clean than synthetic materials. 

We have plenty of plant-based fabrics at Sassyfras—ask one of our in-store style experts to help you curate a collection of eco-friendly clothing to kick off the new year!

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Avoid Synthetics

Manufacturing synthetic materials can produce harmful chemical byproducts, and when you wash them, they release tiny amounts of microplastics into our water supply. It might seem like a small problem, but those microplastic levels build up quickly when everyone is washing loads of synthetic fabrics every week! These microplastics harm aquatic wildlife, so by avoiding synthetic fabrics, you’re helping protect the wellbeing of our earth and the animals who live in it. You’ll never have to worry about microplastics coming from natural fabrics! 

 

Shop Local

When you shop locally instead of ordering online from stores on the other side of the globe, you’re reducing your carbon footprint significantly. This is because international shipping contributes to carbon emissions and pollution. Plus, you get to feel good about supporting independent and often family-owned businesses in your area instead of giant corporations that often have unethical or unsustainable manufacturing practices.

Choose Canadian Manufacturers

Purchasing fashion designed and constructed in Canada will reduce your carbon footprint even more! When you know exactly where your products come from—and that they're ethically-made and sourced—you can feel good about your purchase. Sassyfras has several lines of Canadian-made products and designs made with ethical business practices. 

 

Have you seen the 2022 fashion collection at Sassyfras Boutique located in Eising Garden Centre? We have one of the best selections of sustainable and eco-friendly clothing in Simcoe, Ontario. Visit us soon to see the hottest picks of the season! Our spring collection will start trickling in soon, so follow us on Instagram to see the latest items as soon as they hit the floor.

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