A Week of Dressing Sustainably
As two individuals heavily invested in sustainable fashion, we often receive the question: “So are all your clothes sustainable?” or another one, “Are all your clothes thrifted?” The answer to both: no. As we discussed in a previous blog post, about how we took the #15percentpledge which pledges 15% of our purchases to Black owned businesses, we have adopted a similar mentality for sustainable shopping. While we have yet to nail down a specific percentage, we challenged ourselves this past week to wear one sustainably made article of clothing a day. This number may sound meager, but let us assure you, it was surprisingly difficult, even as huge sustainability advocates. Not only did this exercise (which we plan on doing weekly going forward) force us to confront the uncomfortable reality in that our closets are as environmentally conscious as we want them to be, it also set our days with intention and instilled a deeper sense of meaning in a process that can otherwise be so mundane.
Sustainable Components: Everlane Blazer, Girlfriend Collective Top and Bottoms. The bike shorts alone divert 17 water bottles from the landfills, and save 2.11 gallons of water and 12.61 pounds of CO2.
Sustainable Component: Lisa Says Gah Top- this palm print top is made of linen and cotton and locally sourced in San Francisco! Linen material is naturally biodegradable and recyclable and is a very effective material-using the entire flax plant leaving behind no waste.
Sustainable Components: Sisterhood Top, Boyish White Jeans. Sisterhood uses sustainable and recyclable fabrics for their pieces like this adorable polka dot blouse. The brand oversees the entire production process from design to manufacturing and lastly to shipping and packaging, ensuring exceptional treatment of employees and the environment. Boyish Jeans minimizes their carbon footprint any way they can, from using ⅓ of the water that is typically used for a pair of jeans to eliminating any harmful dyes from the production process.
Sustainable Components: Sisterhood Skirt, Whimsey + Row Linen Top. By wearing the Valentina top, you will divert 0.7 pounds of trash from a landfill, reduce 12.3 driven miles worth of carbon emissions, and save 8.9 days worth of drinking water. Not bad… huh?
Sustainable Component: I bought this gem of a dress from a local dressmaker in Positano, Italy. She uses recycled fabrics to make made-to-order dresses, not only reducing the number of pieces that could ultimately be thrown away but also revitalizing a deadstock fabric.