I’ve long been a proponent of sustainable living. Bear with my inner hippie for a minute here… I try to purchase kindly & sustainably harvested animal products, support clean energy production, recycle everything I can (not as easy to do in NYC as I originally expected!).
That said, SO many parts of our wardrobe are frequently produced in a really wasteful way, or we wind up throwing away used clothing rather than donating or recycling it. The thing is, it’s very easy to make the conscious decision to focus on purchasing Eco-friendly clothing or purchasing a more classic/streamlined wardrobe in order to waste less (clothing and money!). And you can do it in an affordable way!
Some stores to keep in mind: Both ASOS and H&M have Eco-friendly collections, and I LOVE this top (pair with sleek trousers) and this skirt (goes with everything!). Everything on Reformation’s site is consciously produced, but you might need to hunt a little to find the under $100 goods. This top is one of my favorites. Cuyana and Everlane are produced in transparent ways for fair wages with a focus on a more streamlined wardrobe. This bag is excellent year-round.
Finally, donating all your old clothing (and I mean all) is actually really beneficial. Even things that won’t be resalable (i.e. Bras) are recycled by donation centers like Goodwill because the fabric is generally viable.
There are so many other ways to make an impact (natural beauty too!) but a cleaner wardrobe can always help.
Top: Everlane The Premium Leather-Based Tote // Reformation Andie Bodysuit // Cuyana Lightweight Windowpane Scarf // YES TO Yes to Blueberries Face & Neck Oil // Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask // Cuyana Summer Hat
Middle: ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Breton Stripe Top // Ole Henriksen Cleansing Cloths // Reformation Marlowe Top // Pala Retro Half Frame Recycled Plastic Sunglasses // H&M Conscious Slim Regular Jeans // Dogeared Open Hexagon Stud Earrings
Bottom: ASOS Eco Collection Soft Midi Skirt with Splices // YES TO Yes to Cucumbers Volumising Conditioner // Everlane the Luxe Wool V Neck // H&M Conscious Chiffon Blouse
Love this piece! I’ve definitely been trying to live by some of these habits!
Checking out that striped top now!
Happy to hear that! x
Super cute sunnies!
Agree – Kelly has such a great eye! x
This post really got me thinking. I try to live a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle as much as I can, not only with food but also by using cruelty-free makeup, not using real leather or fur, etc. And being vegan or vegetarian is not only because of the animals, it’s also because it’s ecological, so maybe I should start thinking about using more eco-friendly clothes… I had never even thought about it to be honest hahaha
I hear you. My friend Alden writes the most amazing blog about all things sustainable – ecocult.com – definitely check it out!!! Kelly scratched the surface here (and did a great job doing it) but Alden is a wealth of information!
Great round up! I’ve made a lot of changes in the past year to become more environmentally friendly and clothing has been a struggle. I never knew ASOS has an eco friendly line, I love that skirt!
That is so great to hear… good for you. The ASOS pieces are so cute. If you are looking for a good sustainability resource, my friend Alden pens an awesome blog called Ecocult (ecocult.com). Check it out! x
I try to recycle, buy more natural skincare and makeup, etc. but the one area I’ve been lacking is clothing purchases. I love this post for ideas! Luckily I’m already a huge fan of Cuyana. 🙂
Yay, so happy you enjoyed it!!