FASHION

Back to School: Sustainable Clothing

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Here we go… finally part 2 to my back to school posts. I apologize for the delay. Things have been busy and crazy to say the least with a cross-country move and two vacations in 3 weeks. We finally got all of our furniture and boxes back into our house in Houston. Boy does it feel good to be home and settled! We broke up our time in Houston during the month of August with two trips to California: one to Lake Tahoe with the kids and one to Los Angeles just me and my husband. David didn’t start work until September so we took advantage of his rare time off and escaped the Houston heat while we could.

School has finally started for all of our Kids. I am so looking forward to the fall and the fun festivities (and clothing styles) that accompany it.

WHAT YOU BUY MATTERS The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world. It uses more water than any other, apart from agriculture, and is responsible for the unfair working conditions of millions of people. With that knowledge, what I look for in sustainable clothing brands are organic materials (nothing plastic-based), ethical production and superior quality. When shopping, I try and first find things second hand via Facebook groups, Poshmark, or local resell shops. I have also found some super cute brands that prioritize sustainability. Take a look at some of my favorite sustainable children’s clothing lines!

Art & Eden

Art & Eden clothing is made with sustainable fabrics - organic cotton and up-cycled or recycled polyester that is certified by Global Organic Textile Standard. They use low impact dyes and recycled, up-cycled or biodegradable packaging. They strive for a cradle to cradle operation, where what they make can be re-used, recycled or can decompose. Read more about their sustainability here

Soor Ploom

Soory Ploom consciously makes an effort to reduce their ecological footprint in everything they do. Their fabrics are dyed using low-impact dyes. Their garments come bulk packaged from their factories. Shipping materials are 100% paper and recyclable, they also recycle their unused fabric scraps with FabScrap. They strive to cultivate an appreciate for quality over quantity, live in a world where less is more, and teach our children that slow fashion is more sustainable.

Bobo Choses

Bobo Choses believes that at a time when environmental protection is no longer an option, but rather the key to our future, sharing this commitment with our children becomes an obligation. They are a Spanish brand that replaces conventional materials with sustainable ones like organic cotton and recycled polyester… plus its super cute!! Read more about their sustainability here

Mini Rodini

Mini Rodini is born and raised with the vision to make clothes that children love to wear, without compromising social and environmental aspects of the production. Mini Rodini carries one of the most sustainable ranges on the market – their collections include over 99 % products made from sustainable materials like organic cotton, recycled polyester, and Modal®. They also have a selection of upcycled products where they reuse leftover fabric from earlier collections. Read more about their sustainability here

Thanks for checking this out! I am excited for Fall and hopefully some cooler weather soon!

Amy


Other Sustainable Stores & Sites I Love

Mabo

Misha & Puff

Millk

Patagonia

Vivo Barefoot

Reducing plastic through Sustainable Fashion choices

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Fashion and clothing have always been a big interest in my life. My first real work experience was an internship DURING college doing Public relations for a luxury fashion house in NYC for brands like Alberta Ferretti and Moschino. I LOVE TO PLAN outfits for big events weeks, sometimes months, before the occasion, it is just something I really enjoy. Clothes are obviously a functional part of our lives, but they also serve as outlets to express ourselves and provide self-confidence. When it comes to making sustainable choices for our clothing, WE DON’T need to abandon fashion but instead start considering better options when it comes to how we purchase. FASHION IS AN AREA WHERE WE CAN MAKE A HUGE IMPACT, AND STILL LOOK AND FEEL GOOD DOING IT. Read more about THE HOW AND why...


I started this website with the hope to inspire others to reduce their plastic intake, and I want to begin addressing the number one contributor to ocean micro-plastic pollution: our clothing. Polyester, nylon, acrylic, and other synthetic fibers, all of which are forms of plastic, are about 60 percent of the material that makes up our clothes worldwide (IUCN). Synthetic plastic fibers are cheap, extremely versatile, and in most of the clothes we buy. Each year, more than a half-million metric tons of microfibers—the equivalent of 50 billion plastic water bottles—enter the ocean from washing these synthetic textiles (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).

Another aspect of the problem that exacerbates the amount of micro-plastics going into the ocean from clothing is the rate at which we are buying clothes. Compared to 2000, we are buying 60% more clothing per year (McKinsey & Company). A lot of times we are wearing these items only seven or eight times before discarding them. This “fast fashion” style of making clothes typically requires using a lot of water and chemicals and emitting significant amounts of greenhouse gases. Not only that but clothing-factory workers are often underpaid and exposed to unsafe workplace conditions. A lot of these clothes are also mostly made of cheap, synthetic-plastic fibers contributing to the rapid ocean-plastic pollution.

More than 22 million metric tons of microfibers are estimated to enter the ocean between 2015 and 2050 (Ellen MacArthur Foundation). While it might seem hopeless, one thing is certain, we can demand changes of the industry by using our dollars to vote for change by considering other options when purchasing clothes.

Reselling Clothes

Nearly three-fifths of all clothing produced ends up in incinerators or landfills within a year of being made. Ensuring our clothes have a second life by giving them away to someone we know will use them, or by selling them online will make an impact (and make some money!). I have started using Poshmark, Facebook groups, and local children’s consignment shops to sell or purchase clothing for my kids since they grow out of them so quickly…hand-me-downs are great too (definitely not above my little girl wearing some blue shortalls sometimes!).

Pictured here with my husband, David at a luncheon in 2014. This dress was my great-grandmother’s and is one of my all-time favorite pieces.

Pictured here with my husband, David at a luncheon in 2014. This dress was my great-grandmother’s and is one of my all-time favorite pieces.

Shop Vintage & Consignment Stores

Vintage clothes are beautiful and unique. Find a great vintage store in town or online and shop there before buying new. Some of my favorite dresses have been vintages ones that I’ve either found myself or had passed down to me from my mother (see below), grandmother and even great-grandmother (see right). Since all trends are based upon styles from the past, we can really get any fashion we need from a great vintage or consignment boutique.

 
Bathroom selfie circa 2014! My mom wore this Oscar de la Renta dress to her rehearsal dinner and its now another one of my favorite dresses.

Bathroom selfie circa 2014! My mom wore this Oscar de la Renta dress to her rehearsal dinner and its now another one of my favorite dresses.

Buy less, buy quality

If we shop mostly high-quality clothes, we are more inclined to take great care of them and keep them for our kids and grandkids. I try to consider that now when I’m shopping and ask myself, “ Is this piece worth passing down to my daughter?” and if the answer is no, then I stop myself from the purchase! I’ve loved this dress of my mother’s and am so thankful she invested in some amazing pieces to pass down to me. I used to buy a good amount of new clothes each season, but now I try and save and just buy one really quality piece. It’s also very therapeutic to just HAVE LESS.

I wore this dress from Beaulah London to a wedding in May. Beulah strives to have a positive impact on society by providing an alternative, sustainable livelihood to victims of human trafficking and educating people of their plight. Their clothes are mostly made of high-quality, natural materials.

I wore this dress from Beaulah London to a wedding in May. Beulah strives to have a positive impact on society by providing an alternative, sustainable livelihood to victims of human trafficking and educating people of their plight. Their clothes are mostly made of high-quality, natural materials.

Shop Sustainable Brands

There are many great brands out there that put sustainability and fair labor practices at the forefront of their businesses. I have found a lot of new brands recently that I shop instead of the go-to fast fashion brands when I want something casual (or even fancy). Some sustainable brands focus on reusing recycled materials while others prioritize natural, non-synthetic materials. Many also support important causes.

I am excited to start highlighting sustainable, eco-conscious, and mission-inspired brands as well as vintage and consignment boutique finds on Sustain Local. There isn’t just one way to make a difference and refiguring how you shop is an easy, and fun way to vote for positive change.

x,

Amy


Other Ways to prevent Micro-Plastic Pollution

  • wash cold

  • use liquid instead of powder detergent

  • air dry if possible

  • use this washing bag to reduce fiber shedding.