ALL ABOUT SLOW FASHION

WHAT IS IT?

 '' Slow Fashion is an awareness and approach to fashion, which considers the processes and resources required to make clothing, particularly focusing on sustainability. It involves buying better-quality garments that will last for longer and values fair treatment of people, animals and the planet. '' 

- goodonyou.eco

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

We go in a store, take a cart, add some things we need or often simply desire and pay with a card (or even our phone). Better, we don't even leave the house: we order useful and let's be honest, unuseful things online and wait for them to arrive. 


The thing is, there is an environmental cost to every item we own. Here are some horrible facts about the fashion industry that I've recently learned:


  1. It can take up to 2,700 liters of water to produce the cotton needed to make one single t-shirt.
  2. 80 billion pieces of clothing are consumed globally each year.
  3. The wages of workers in garment factories can be as low as 1 to 3 $US a day.
  4. Clothes made from polyester can take up to 200 years to break down.
  5. Women wear a garment, on average, 7 times before throwing it away .

HOW TO BE A PART OF THE MOVEMENT?

I know how overwhelming learning all those facts can be, I've been there too! I personally love to find vintage, unique pieces in thrift shops and I am learning to think carefully before purchasing new stuff. Here are my favorite tips to become a conscious buyer:


  • Having a clear vision of the items you need.
  • Purchasing eco-friendly, high quality, sustainable clothing from your favorite brands.
  • Buying from second-hand shops.
  • Taking care of the clothes you own.
  • Having a minimalist ''KONMARI method'' kind of approach.