We would like to share here some information on what exactly sustainable fashion is and most importantly how to apply it in your life. Therefore, check out these rules below and read our hints on becoming zero waste aware in fashion.

7 Rules of Sustainable fashion:

  1. On Demand & Custom made
  2. Green & Clean (for all phases of a product’s lifecycle) 
  3. High quality & Timeless design 
  4. Fair & Ethical 
  5. Repair, Redesign & Upcycle 
  6. Rent, Loan & Swap
  7. Secondhand & Vintage

How to apply it in your life?

First of all, you need to know what do you have in your wardrobe. Take one item to your hands and say what’s going on with this thing.

  • “It is damaged” – Repair 
  • “I do not wear it anymore” – Donate/Swap
  • “It doesn’t fit me” – Donate/Swap

If you lose weight or gain weight donate clothes that don’t fit you. It can help you to understand what exactly fits and looks good on you. But above all, love your body as it is – it is unique and perfect!

  • “I have two swimsuits” Leave the favourite and let go of the rest.
  • Have you ever thought “I have a lot of jewellery”? – Then make a gift for someone or sell it at a flea market or donate it to a charity auctions.
  • “Shoes? I have a lot of shoes!” – Leave the favourite and most comfortable, let go the rest.

To be honest the person do not need a lot of shoes. Just observe how often and which shoes you wear. It also depends where you live but let’s be honest – one person need only max 3-4 pairs of shoes. 

Women
👟 Sneakers – 1 pair (not necessarily if you do not exercise)
👠 High heels or sandals – 1 pair (not necessarily, if you rarely wear them you can borrow from friend for special occasion)
❄ Ankle shoes for winter and autumn- 1 pair,
👞 Moccasins or ballerinas – 1 pair (comfortable shoes for everyday),
✈ Offroad sandals – 1 pair (for travellers)
Men:  
👞 Casual shoes or moccasins – 1 pair (comfortable shoes for everyday),
❄ Ankle boots for winter and autumn – 1 pair,
👟 Sneakers – 1 pair (not necessarily if you do not exercise)
✈ Offroad sandals – 1 pair (for travellers)

  • “I have a lot of hats and scarfs” – the same strategy. Choose the favourite which matches with almost all your clothes. Do not hide it in containers because it collects dust and is invisible for you. 

How to prevent your wardrobe from growing?

  • Stick to the rule “One in, one out” – Look at your wardrobe and choose the things you don’t want to wear. Swap them or donate. Then go and buy something new. Stick to a predefined number of clothes. 
  • “Do I really need it?” – ask yourself questions, make our test below:
  • Make a calendar when you are doing your shopping to avoid leisure shopping. As an example you can choose autumn/winter season and spring/summer season to plan your shopping. In other words, you are going to do some shopping at the beginning of October to have clothes for the upcoming cold season. And similarly, at the beginning of April you can shop for spring and summer. 

To sum up, Zero Waste wardrobe should be minimal but also support secondhand. Many people say that “it is dirty” or “there is a smell of someone else” etc. But are you sure that your new articles no one carried on their body before?
Someone else also could order it or tried it in fitting room, return back to the store etc. It can be more dirty than you think. That’s why there is always a mark “Wash before wearing”. However, do you really do this? 

3 Comments

  1. Céline

    Although I agree that it is good to minimize on your clothing, I don’t fully agree on the shoes part. I also really need my hiking boots and rubber boots… Maybe not every week, but especially the hiking boots are not something you can borrow or rent. And since I cycle a lot, I also own cycling shoes. Of course I dont ‘need, need’ them, but they do make cycling on a racing bike a lot better…

    Also: another option for clothes that you do not wear or that do not fit anymore is to have them altered. This is less expensive than buying new and the same price as buying quality clothing second hand, but then you can alter it in such a way that it fits perfectly and you really like it 🙂

    1. Valeria

      If you do hiking a lot and use shoes which you already have for years I think it’s a golden rule and good practice 🙂
      We here mostly emphasize if people go hiking once per 5-10 years and buy new shoes just for this one trip. We give them an opportunity to see other options such as borrowing or second hand.

      You are 100% correct 🙂
      There are plenty of options that could make the process fun, comfortable and cheap without buying new things. We are here not to write the rules but share different opportunities and ideas.
      Thank you that you shared your ideas here! We hope it will help our readers and inspire them!

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