3 Steps to Making Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

ICYMI! Today we hosted a *very* fun and informative chat on our IG Live with Diandra Marizet, a conscious curator who is focused on making her own life, and the world, a more sustainable place. In an effort to reduce her environmental impact and create less waste, Diandra has leaned into building (and reducing!) an environmentally-responsible wardrobe amongst many other personal initiatives on her journey to sustainability.

We’ll be the first to admit it- sustainability can seem like a big, scary word. We’ve talked about this before, but it can often seem like there is this attitude of “if you’re not Greta Thunberg, don’t bother”. But none of us are Greta’s, and every small step we take is equally meaningful as we strive to have our lifestyles reflect our values of sustainability and wellness.

Sustainable fashion is strangely one of the easiest, and hardest, to approach. On the one hand, it seems like all you should have to do is buy less clothes and shop exclusively from sustainable brands. But you want to buy that outfit you saw that influencer wear on Instagram so badly… And what exactly makes a brand ‘sustainable’? All of a sudden you find yourself leaving Zara with two bags of clothing. Oops. 

But we’ve all been there, including Diandra. That’s why we spoke to her about how to get started building a sustainable wardrobe, what sustainability really means, and how to identify sustainable brands. Fortunately, if you missed our IG Live, it’s saved on our IGTV, and we have the write-up below.

Aleksija: So, what exactly does it mean to be a conscious curator?

Diandra: Basically, being a conscious curator means mindfully evaluating all the things and ideas I bring into my life. 

 

A: How do you define “sustainability”, and what does it mean to lead a sustainable lifestyle?

D: Because sustainability came to me through the fashion industry, I view it as defining how I want my self-expression to reflect my values. Whether that’s opting for a vintage dress that still has life or a wooden bowls and spoons in my kitchen vs plastic ones. Leading a more sustainable lifestyle is building more intention behind every purchase you make or thing you create.

 

A: So would you say that fashion is the primary way that you prioritize sustainability in your own life?

D: Reducing my plastic intake and thrifting my wardrobe are currently my top two ways of practicing sustainability. Plastic pollution is a huge issue in and out of the fashion industry and we all are starting to recognize how plastic is impacting the water we drink and the soil that grows our food. It’s estimated that we’re all consuming a credit card’s worth of plastic each week just from shopping at the grocery store. And as for fashion, let us not forget that our clothes are made of polyester and other synthetic materials with fancy names that are really just plastic. And this for me comes back to curating and being mindful about the things you need or will really love for a long time.

A: When you’re shopping and curating your wardrobe, how do you determine what brands and what apparel is sustainable, and what isn’t?

D: The easiest way to check is if a brand has a relationship with an ethical business certification. My favorite is B Corp, which verifies social and environmental performances, public transparency, and assess legal accountability. It is pretty rigorous, and sometimes costly, to get certifications like that though, so for smaller brands I look to see on their website that they are incredibly goal oriented around issues impacting people and the planet, just so I know they’re aware of their weak spots and have plans to tackle them.

 

A: What are the three main ways we can work to make our closets more sustainable?

 

D: 1. If you don’t already use them, download second hand apps. My favorite is Thred Up because you just send them all your stuff so you don’t have to worry about uploading pictures or info & they’re search tools are really great for narrowing down on the stuff you might want to buy.

 

2. Borrow & Rent stuff for special occasions. I hate spending money on anything too fancy that I can’t dress down for brunch. Lucky for me, my friends have great taste and then sometimes you just have to splurge on something fabulous from Rent The Runway. 😉

 

3. Clothing is often a super emotional purchase because we wear it directly on our bodies and it can really set a tone for how we navigate life and how good we feel doing it, so if you try on something and don’t absolutely love the way it fits and you know its not a quick hem fix don’t buy it. and that goes for anything from pajamas to formalwear.

 

A. What would you say to someone who is just getting started, when sustainability might seem overwhelming?

D: Just know that you don’t have to feel bad for wanting stuff. Your job is just to learn how to be more mindful along the way and pay attention to companies & leaders that are going to help you protect people and the planet through your everyday purchases.

 

If you have any questions about sustainability, fashion, thrifting or more, slide into our DM’s or Diandra’s to find out more!!

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