I’m probably not the best person qualified to talk about this topic but that doesn’t mean that I’m gonna stop trying. Everytime you see a news article in social media about waste management and plastic pollution (think: whales being washed up on the ocean dying from plastic ingestion, hidden areas of beautiful islands exposing mountains of trash, etc), how does it make you feel? Coz I’m telling you, it’s pretty damn hard not to be bothered by these news. But more important than feeling and those crying emojis in Facebook, how do you act on it?
As a fashion/ style blogger, I’m well-informed enough to know that this industry is one of the biggest perpetrators of global pollution (sources say it’s the second actually, yikes🙈 ). And I’m not being callous about it. My problem with sustainable and ethical buzzwords in clothing manufacturers like most of you is that, they come with a hefty price tag. Trust me, I tried. ** So what’s a girl got to do? 🤷 Sometimes I’m toying with the idea of going vegan and teach yoga on a beach just to avoid contributing to this problem. 🤔
If you’re a fashion blogger or not and thinking of ways to help, I’m here to inform you that thankfully buying sustainable clothing is not the real solution to the problem. While these efforts by manufacturers are certainly laudable and worth the support, the first step to a really sustainable wardrobe is actually to try to avoid buying something new. The reason being we already have everything produced in excess these days. I know, the very thought is daunting considering how I succumb to trends from time to time (don’t we sometimes?) but considering how much advantage this is (cost-wise hehe 😅 ) to my part, then I’m definitely up for the challenge. What about you?
Trends and sustainability may not be mutually exclusive but thankfully not being stylish. To simplify, you can still be stylish even without wearing short-lived trends. As mentioned in this post, if you consider thoughtfully your style, it will lead you to reuse items that truly suit and makes you happy wearing. In my case, I have long accepted that jeans don’t suit me so I stick to maxi skirts and dresses. Also, jumpsuits! It’s been a while since I last posted for my #triothursday series where I showcase three ways to wear an item and maybe it’s time to bring it back. I’m just currently up to my neck with all the blog post from recent travels.
Not to scare you but the scale of environment damage right now has already gotten to a point that we cannot comprehend. Read this for further info. The way to be really sustainable is to really think and rethink about how even the mundane things we do affect the environment. When you buy that medicine from the drugstore, do you really need that small plastic bag? Can you reuse a bag when you do weekly groceries? When you withdraw money from ATM machine, do you really need a printout of the paper when you can check it automatically from your mobile phone banking app? These are just small ways but I’m sure they all make an impact.
So what about we all make this a resolution for 2019? Yes??? YES!!! Brb, just gonna look for that perfect dry shampoo to use and finally buying that metal straw.
**I initially made this shoot with the leggings to feature but changed my mind. While this clothing company boasts of sustainable products and came with not my normal price range for workout clothing, my further research revealed that the company doesn’t even come in the top list for sustainable gym clothing and so I decided not to name it anymore. Not too sure about the reason why but I’m still happy with the performance anyways.