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Ways to Embrace Sustainable Fashion In Singapore

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Ways to Embrace Sustainable Fashion In Singapore

Fashion or particularly the type of fashion we embrace has become a hot topic among those of interest as many feel the responsibility to dress without compromising on mother earth and ethical labor policy.

Can you really blame them?                                 

The fashion industry is claimed to be the second largest polluter in the world and for our future children to live in a bearable environment, sustainable fashion is a responsible shift. So if you’re making that shift, read on and figure out on ways you can compensate and make small changes to benefit the planet.

1) Educate Yourself with Documentaries & books

Sustainable fashion takes many small details into consideration. What better and less boring way to grasp on to facts than to watch documentaries showcasing various angles from the workers to fashion experts and scenarios.                           

The true cost is one of the most impactful documentaries ever made that will shake us to the core. A harsh reality of the fast fashion industry, this documentary unravels torturing labor conditions at Rana Plaza before it collapsed in 2013, killing 1134 people. While these workers issued their complaints, the industries and the factories sourcing the garments were making enough money to blind them of the inhumane working conditions. Upon shedding light on the issues, many fashion industry, and well- known figures stepped in and began voicing out.

             

For the book worms, Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution By Safia Minney will give you an idea of what goes into making fashion more sustainable. Additionally, featuring stories from designers, models, and journalists alike—people like Emma Watson and Vivienne Westwood—discussing all that goes into a more green fashion industry.

2) Support Local Sustainable Brands     

Sustainable fashion has given locals a base to venture into a new market with some brands exceeding expectations by representing fashion and comfort without exploiting workers or the earth. Take Matter Prints as an example. Not only do they celebrate cultures and heritage through their prints but they also empower the lives of crafters and artisans whose trades are slowly dying.                                                                     

Ubu Swimwear is our favorite sustainable swimwear brand such as Luxe Botanics changing the world with swimwear made to last and shine throughout all season. Made to support your body while designing it referring to the current style, they use Carvico Vita fabric which is a luxury Italian fabric, thus producing wears that are more resistant to chlorine, suncreams, and oils than alternatives and has the highest possible UV protection rating (UPF 50+).

       

(UBU Swimwear)

Other exceptional local brands include Indosole and Indiigo Culture among many others fighting for what’s worth in their own unique way.

(Luxe Botanics)

 

(Indiigo Culture)

3)  Quality > Quantity : Slow Fashion

Slow fashion brands endeavor to bring consumer products that last as long as possible. This is made possible because of high-quality fabrics, perfect fits, and production methods with aren’t rushed.               

Lean into natural fibers include cotton, linen, hemp, silk, and wool and are generally more durable and washfast than synthetics such as polyester and nylon — not to mention that they come from renewable resources and decompose a lot faster.                                                                   

4) Taking Care Of Your Clothes 

Wear In Good Jeans: According to the kings of denim, your jeans should forego a spin in the washing machine for as long as possible so don’t feel guilty. 

Hand Washing Delicates: Clothes wear out sooner when we wash them too often, whilst also using extra energy, water, and detergent that we could also be saved. So one top tip to make your clothes last longer is to only wash them when you think you definitely need to and delicately handle them. 

Sewing and mending and fixing: The decision to fix or update a garment before you toss it not only saves you money but also allows you to get creative and view your old clothes from new angles, meaning you’re less likely to make those impulsive fast fashion buys.                             

Some of the other favorite tips include cold washing, using DIY/Eco-friendly detergents and Wash Dark Clothing Inside Out and Don’t Dry Clean Often.

                     

5) Shop Vintage 

There’s a whole lot of fun to shopping vintage. Whether it’s clothing, furniture, art or crockery,  the hunt by trawling through market racks and web pages, eyeing the size of saucers, the score,    the bargain, and gaining simultaneously the knowledge that no one else has that pieces can provide a retail therapy one can’t necessarily find in-store selling clothes that won’t have the history vintage pieces innate. Some of the vintage shops in Singapore include Retro Gate, Baju Mama Vintagem and Dustbunny Vintage among many other choices at your fingertips. Hint: Google.               

6) Curb The Urge To Impulse Shop                   

We’re all guilty of an impulse buy, often knowing full well we probably won’t wear it that many times. So next time you feel the urge, ask yourself these four questions: Do I really need this?

How often.