How to Quit Fast Fashion


What I am about to explain for how to quit fashion is like apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’

raw & unfiltered 

Fast Fashion /def://  inexpensive clothing made with a negative cost on labor (often in developing countries) and pollution. Life-span of the clothing is short lived and often not recycled. 

Slow Fashion /def:// Ensures manufacturing quality, produced under fair trade conditions and environmental responsible methods. Consumers consider consciously their purchase and plan on responsibly caring for their garment. 

5 ways to quit

Tip 1: Get inform

Tip 2: Consider purchase 

Tip 3: Budgeting skills 

Tip 4: Type of shopper 

Tip 5: Curate closet

Tip 1: Get Inform

Documentaries

“True Cost” on Netflix

“China Blue” DVD (may be available at your local library)

“Minimalism” on Netflix (not focused necessarily on clothing, but it is a lifestyle reflecting slowing down)

“RiverBlue” on Amazon Prime

**I have watched the top 3, I have yet to watch River Blue. I have read great reviews on the film**

Show

Adam Ruins Everything on Netflix Episode 14 Shopping Malls

Youtube Videos 

 “The Problem With Fast Fashion | Teen Vogue

Fashion: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Fast Fashion Is Disgusting (you need to stop shopping at fashion nova, zara, and primark)

Articles

The Environmental Costs of Fast Fashion  

What Is Fast Fashion, Anyway?
The Truth Behind Fast Fashion & Forced Labor

Cleaning up the fashion supply chain

Fast Fashion Is A Disaster For Women And The Environment

Eileen Fisher, AYR And Patagonia Take Fashion Green


I do not want to bom-bar you with tons and tons of information or writing, with one connection to one documentary or article or an episode you fully connect and sympathize with will have you wanting to take action. 

Side note: beware of green-washing by fast fashion stores, fast fashion stores (H&M, Zara, Primark, etc.) use it in the following ways:

  1. Promoting ‘conscious collection’

  2. Promoting to bring back your clothes to then buy more from them

  3. Promoting “recyclable” packaging

  4. Promoting “minimum wage”, it does not mean the same as “living wage”

Tip 2:  Consider purchase

  • Before buying a hoodie or sweats you are super into sleep on the idea of buying it and think of how often do you truly see yourself wearing it and if you do not have this garment in your closet already. Does it style well your current clothing? If after thinking on these thoughts you still feel like “yeah I want it and need it” and you do not have something similar in your closet then go on and buy it.

Tip 3: Budgeting skills 

  • This is by far one of the hardest tips. Fast fashion conditions you to see cheap prices so when you start to expose yourself to higher numbers, a general reaction is with eyes wide open “wooow ouch omg can I afford it?” YES honey you can. I am a hispanic chica living on a low-income budget and I do not comprise what I buy or from where; I budget. What you gotta do is first, know what is that you need to shop for, ex: winter boots. Ok, now know how much you make in a month, how much you spend (bills & entertainment), and what you have left over. From what you have left-over save it to use to buy what you need. Ex: if what you have left-over in the month is $50 and the boots you want are $150 with free shipping (Mat & Nat LoL) then in three-months time you’ll be able to buy your boot. Here is the catch, you will have needed to plan this early fall, so you can ensure you can buy the boots for winter. Its a managing skill you need to develop, no worries overtime as long as you start you’ll get better and better. 

Tip 4: Type of shopper 

  • Compulsive buyer, lazy buyer, the I need one in every color buyer. There are many times and identifying what sorta shopper you are will allow you to then proceed with the changes that best fit your habits. Maybe you are a mix of different types, honey we are humans not clear formulas. By identifying and then setting self challenges, you will begin to make change. 

Tip 5: Curate closet

  • Favorite Book for this tip:“The Curated Closet”

  • Key to curating your closet is strategize looks, your washing cycles, and know items you own. Knowing what exactly you own is the greatest way to start. Elizabeth Cline (author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion) anecdotes in her book her experience doing this. I too have done it and it is truly life-changing, you see (like REALLY see) how you’ve been shopping unconsciously.Like woah woah woah woah aahah its bad when you are confronted with this realization. You feel like Lara Jean cleaning her room at the end of the movie, ugh it’s all to take in and everyone else’s shock you are actually cleaning your closet. But it then becomes enlightening because you begin to open up to a new better way of approaching the clothing and everything you own. 



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