Clothing rail outside fashion shop

Four easy ways to combat throwaway fashion

It is no secret that the desire, and need, to be more conscious of how we consume the planet’s resources is becoming more and more apparent across the globe.

If you need a little more convincing, switch on Netflix now and take a load of A Life on Our Planet (more importantly, if you haven’t watched it yet, where have you been?).

We simply need to do better. However, for many, things can get a little overwhelming. How can one person make a difference? Where do you even start?

Well, the truth is, you can help just by opening your wardrobe. Yep, that’s right. Throwaway fashion is a severe problem for the world around us, with around 300,000 tonnes of textiles ending up in landfill every year.

By making some simple changes to our shopping behaviours and the way we treat our clothes, we can help to reduce the dreadful impact that the fashion industry is currently having on the planet.

Here at Repsycho, we’ve decided to put together five simple tips on how you can be working to combat throwaway/fast fashion right now.

Clothing rail of t-shirts
Clothing rail of t-shirts

1. Respect and reuse

Always pining for new threads despite having three wardrobes stocked full of clothes and not even knowing what you own anymore? Don’t worry; we’ve all been there.

However, the first step towards living more sustainably when it comes to fashion is learning how to appreciate what you already have.

Fling open those wardrobe doors and rummage through the fabrics from a forgotten past. Don’t be surprised if you rediscover some misplaced gems along the way.

Items that you previously thought didn’t work, and therefore ended up at the back of the pile, may end up being a firm favourite after a bit of exploration.

Try things on, get styling, create new outfits – have fun with it!

Recycling bin
Recycling bin

2. Recycle

So, now you have a redesigned relationship with your wardrobe and all your favourite pieces – new and old.

But, what about the clothes that genuinely don’t fit or don’t match your style anymore? Now, this is where recycling comes in.

With around 300,000 tonnes of textiles ending up in landfill every year, it is clear that more often than not, clothing ends up in the bin when it no longer serves its purpose despite still being entirely wearable – this is not the answer!

There are plenty of ways you can recycle old clothing – drop them off at clothing and textile banks, donate them to charity or sell them on yourself via sites such as eBay or Depop.

If for whatever reason, you have clothes that are unwearable or broken, fear not, as you can still recycle these at home! But there is something even better you could do instead.

Singer sewing machine
Singer sewing machine

3. Get fixing

Learn how to mend your clothes! A small rip? A little too big around the waste? No longer your sort of thing? That does not spell the end, my friends.

Learning some basic sewing techniques will transform your whole outlook on clothes. The power of being able to alter and repair will reduce the need to throw away clothes tenfold.

You could even start totally redesigning and transforming things – like making a skirt out of a dress or a bucket hat out of some jeans. Maybe even keep up with the trends and create a crop top out of some trainers. Why ever not?

Secondhand clothing and book stall
Secondhand clothing and book stall

4. Shop at secondhand and vintage stores

When you are in the market for some new clothes – shop old instead! Get down to your local charity shops and vintage stores for a whole host of beautiful secondhand gems just waiting to be rediscovered.

Shopping for secondhand fashion can really reap the benefits if done correctly. You can often find super expensive and trendy designs and labels for a fraction of the price, as well as vintage one-off pieces that nobody else will have!

It truly is one of the best ways to stay trendy, stand out and keep some extra money in your pocket along the way – not to mention that it is a far more sustainable way of doing things.

So, what’s not to love? Get started today!