Hello, wonderful and beautiful people! Today I want to talk about our Earth. Since the world was created, we humans were given the responsibility of taking care of this planet. To say the least, we aren’t doing a very good job. With countless industries moving as fast as lightning, there isn’t a whole lot of time to stop and look at what is happening to our precious Earth. The fashion industry alone is one of the leading causes of pollution on our planet (and as fashion lovers, this not great news).
According to The True Cost movie, “The world now consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year. This is 400% more than the amount we consumed just two decades ago.”
“The average American now generates 82 pounds of textile waste each year. That adds up to more than 11 million tons of textile waste from the U.S. alone.”
This is a little unsettling to realize, BUT did you know there is a way that YOU can make a difference? Sustainable fashion is here to save our precious planet! I have been doing a lot of research lately on where to find affordable, sustainable, eco-friendly (and cute) clothing. I found many reliable, free-trade clothing companies that I wanted to share with you. I have even bought a few pairs of sustainable socks and a couple of new t-shirts to help me conduct my research! Now, I am not saying to go throw all of your clothes away (but if you’re going to get rid of them, donate them and don’t throw them away). BUT what I am suggesting is to start thinking. Little changes can make big differences. Many times I’ve found myself feeling as though I NEED that $9 top from Forever21… but at what cost? It just may end up costing a lot more than $9.
Now that the gears in your head are turning, relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy some of these affordable and sustainable fashion brands!