Friday, August 2, 2019

4 Reasons Your Lifestyle Choices Matter

4 Reasons Your Lifestyle Choices Matter

Like it or not, the choices we make in our lifetime can impact the world and people around us. Climate change and even workers’ rights, are tied to our lifestyle choices in ways that you might not even expect. If you want to make a difference in the world, a great place to start is with your wardrobe. Fast fashion might bring us more affordable clothes (and I'm as guilty as the next person), but it is gradually being exposed as a toxic industry that we shouldn't buy into; during your next shopping spree, you should consider investing in brands that have a more ethical ethos and change their company regulations to better the planet and those who work for them or buying more second hand clothing. Still not convinced? Here are four reasons why your lifestyle choices really matter, especially when it comes to your clothing purchases.


1. Small changes make a huge difference


You might think that altering your own lifestyle won't make a significant impact, but this is far from the truth; making changes, no matter how small, can make a huge difference in ways that you might not expect. There are so many amazing clothing brands out there and doing your research on them is a small but significant change you can make. Avoid purchasing from brands that don't have any environmental targets, or from those still produce clothes in an unsustainable manner. Share your clothing research with other people, telling them about your own favorite brands and why you choose to invest in them – they might feel inspired to make changes for themselves. That is one of the reasons I was so excited to partner with Aventura this year. They really try to produce their clothing sustainably. 

2. You're supporting workers’ rights 


It might surprise you to know that more than 46 million people in the world are trapped in slavery and are being forced to work for very low pay. Many big clothing companies contribute to this problem and mistreat their workers at various points in the supply chain. And the problems extend beyond a worker's wage, as the harsh chemicals they use to create cheaper clothes might have a negative impact on a person's health. Companies that care more about profit margins than human rights shouldn’t receive your money, and boycotting these brands is an essential lifestyle change if you want to become a more ethical shopper. 

3. You need to reduce your carbon footprint 


Climate change is getting worse and it might surprise you to know that your shopping habits are only contributing to the problem. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, you need to be more thoughtful about the clothes you invest in. Take a look at your wardrobe – how many of the clothes have you actually taken the tags off? Clothing manufacturers use a lot of energy to keep up with the supply and demand of the fashion industry, only to produce clothes that never get worn. It's far better to buy items that you really need and will get a lot of wear out of. And for the clothes that are in disrepair? 75% of Britons say they throw their garments away, but you should always donate them instead of sending them straight to landfill.

4. The way you're living might not be sustainable



The fast fashion industry is on an unsustainable trajectory and we're only contributing to the problem. A lot of clothes are composed of inorganic materials like polyester, which will take years to biodegrade and only take up space in the tip. Where possible, you should buy clothes that are made from organic materials such as cotton – ASOS is one such brand that makes sustainable shopping easier, as 34% of all fibers used in their clothing come from sustainable sources.

Obviously it's hard to go completely clean and buy everything from sustainable and ethical sources. But try to educate yourself and make small changes. They can make a big difference! Trying thrifting whether locally or online at places like Poshmark, Swap.com, or thredUp can also help to reduce your carbon footprint. And purchasing more versatile items so you don't feel you need a new outfit each time you go out helps, too! When you decide something is no longer right for you, donate or recycle it. Don't throw it out. Every little bit helps!

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