When you look in your closet do you have things that you know you will probably keep for life? Or are you harboring things that you know you will never wear again? That's what I asked myself when I started my capsule about a year ago. I looked around my room and saw things that didn't even represent who I was anymore. Jackets that didn't complete my look, pants that I could literally no longer put on my body, and about a thousand different undergarment pieces that got no use. I got so sick of staring at everything that one day I swept all of it into a bag and tossed it - just like that.
I decided to start from literal scratch. The small things of course, but then I started looking for my bigger pieces. The ones I like most; the blazers, staple pants, and accessory pieces. Jazzy from back in the day would have told you that all of her pieces came from thrift stores - I have gone superficial over the years and decided that I should head back down the road of my young fashionista self. And to be honest, now is one of the best times to do it. In the eye of originality and social media it becomes harder and harder to define your look and aesthetic. Why not have some more pride in the things you spend your money on. Why not choose and style things that not only set you apart but show people who you are. In honor of it still being Earth Month I wanted to post something surrounding sustainable fashion that may get your juices flowing. When I read these statistics the first time I was honestly stunned.
State of Reuse Report Statistics:
- 36 percent say thrifting has become more popular among their generation (40 percent of Millennials say the same about their own generation).
- 75 percent agree that “If I better understood how my actions hurt or helped the planet, I would be more likely to make environmentally-conscious decisions.”
- 26 billion pounds of clothing and textiles go into landfills each year, yet 95 percent of those items could be reused or recycled. (Credit: SMART)
- It takes 700 gallons of water to make a t-shirt and 1,800 gallons to make a pair of jeans (Credit: SMART)
Other Data Points:
- Roughly 90 percent of those surveyed agree that 'Millennials and Gen Z will help create more sustainably-produced products by convincing businesses and governments to alter existing practices.' An equal percent agrees they 'would abandon a product or brand for eco-unfriendliness.' (Source: LIM)
- Extending the life of a garment by an extra nine months reduces its environmental impact by 20-30%. (Source: The Guardian)
I am here writing to steer the conversation surrounding sustainable fashion. My girl Eva and I were challenged by Savers Thrift to pull pieces for a spring summer capsule that could also be mixed and matched to achieve looks throughout the year. I found about 10 pieces that I will 100% be working into my capsule, and one thing I can say about every single thing I bought...it was built to last.
Choose your pieces wisely.