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It’s easy to make an impactful and positive change on our environment by just switching your shopping and wardrobe choices! Creating a more sustainable and ethical closet will help our planet and be worth your effort in the long run. Here are 5 tips and tricks to help you dress more sustainably. 

Go vintage: Every new piece of clothing that is manufactured adds to our carbon footprint. Save energy and shop vintage! Shopping for vintage clothing will make your fashion choices more sustainable by eliminating the production of new clothing that is constructed from fibres, dyes and bleaches. Not to mention, vintage is always in style! 

Have a clothing swap: Although many people take advantage of thrift stores and recycle their unwanted clothing, there is still a tremendous amount of clothing that is dumped in landfills every year. To help prevent this, get together with friends and family to swap clothing, accessories and other items you don’t use anymore. These swaps will not only save the environment, but of course save you a lot of money. 

Invest in high quality and trans-seasonal items: Only buy substantial and high quality items in order to prevent the need to constantly replace clothing pieces that rip, tear or deteriorate quickly. Buying high quality and more sustainable items will most likely cost more money upfront, but it will save you money in the long run. You can also invest in trans-season clothing items. These are pieces you can incorporate in your wardrobe year round; such as jeans, t-shirts, simple dresses, and timeless coats and jackets. 

Donate your clothes: Textile waste is a growing problem in the US. On average, an American throws away about 80 pounds of used clothing per person per year. Instead of throwing away unwanted clothes, donate them to charity or a good cause. This will also help others dress more sustainably because they will be purchasing your old pieces instead of going out and buying new ones. 

Do your research: Don’t get caught up in the latest trends or “fast fashion.” Do your research and find clothing that not only fits your style preference, but is also sustainable. Today more and more brands are focused on eco-friendly fashion. Some popular brands that are also certified by Eco Age include Reformation, Article22, Veja and Bottletop

Dressing sustainably doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style! More clothing brands are using eco-friendly and sustainable methods than ever before. Get the most out of your clothes and get informed before going on your next shopping spree.