Hey everyone, we hope you have been enjoying our articles the past week about fast fashion, it’s problems as well as the WHY behind Honest Crafters. And to wrap the month of sustainability, we’ve lined up 5 Simple steps that you can take to start your sustainable journey. We believe that it’s not just about bags but rather every day moments that matter the most. So, here’s 5 ways you can get started in every aspect of your life.
1.Less is More
I’m sure all of you have heard of this saying countless of times but what does it truly mean? Now that you know the detrimental effects of fast fashion, it doesn’t hurt to adopt a more minimalist mindset. It’s about owning fewer things, fewer clothes, hats and bags, to break away from the consumerism nature of society. A form of minimalism-essentialism focuses on quality not quantity. Which is what we want to advocate to everyone. So, the next time you’re staring at the big red SALE sign, ask yourself, do I really need it?
“The first step in crafting a life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” — Joshua Becker
2.Buy less choose well
If you absolutely need to get your fashion fix remember this. One of my favourite quotes by Vivienne Westwood is “buy less, choose well and make it last” is actually pretty self- explanatory. Buying clothes that is eco-friendlier because they last longer and do not need to be replaced so often. We need to cultivate a mindset that steers away from the “buy-and-toss” behaviour especially when it comes to items with low-price tags.
One trick that I like to use whenever I feel like buying something is to calculate my cost per wear. For example, if I see an $80 bag that I know I’ll only use for 4 outings compared to a $200 bag that in know I’ll be using for at least 20 times as my everyday bag, the cost per wear for the $200 bag is actually less costly! So, before you buy an item, divide how much an item of clothing costs by the number of times you plan on wearing it, you’ll be surprised!
3.Find out more about your textiles
As you would have read in the previous article, the textile industry is the second biggest carbon gas emitter. Now that made us question the quality of our textiles and whether or not there were better alternatives. Rather than asking if this dress looks good on yourself, ask where they were made, who made them and what it was like to work there. ( I know it can be a little much for a $10 dress on sale) But being interested in these questions is the best first step towards cultivating a sustainable fashion mindset.
Opt for organic! Did you know, that Singapore has a couple of eco friendly local brands that produce clothing? From organic cotton undies to essentials, why not support local and do your part for the environment as well! Plus, you’re reducing the CO2 emissions caused by shipping of garments from big brands that are usually produced overseas.
4.Restoring & Buying Second-hand
With the rise of fashion rental brands like Closet Share and Style Theory on the rise in Singapore, the stigma that used to come with buying second hand goods is pretty much gone. Who says luxury has to be expensive? These new brands all focus on sustainable fashion as ownership of a certain item no longer takes precedence.
At the same time, vintage is in! Found an old bag in your wardrobe that’s a little out of shape? An old vintage luxury LV bag can sell for thousands and all it needs is some touching up! Which is where we come into play, your bag and shoes expert to have your items look good as new.
Plus, with all these new companies sprouting, it’s easier than ever to find someone to consign your bags so you can earn a little extra something while extending the life of your bag. Talk about killing 2 birds with 1 stone!
5.Marie Kondo Style
Our personal favourite, if you’ve watched the show on Netflix you’ll know exactly where we’re headed. Hoarding is like an addiction that’s hard to break and the worst part is that we’re sometimes not even aware that we’re hoarding old items. The act of tidying is essentially the act of confronting yourself too, so we get how much inertia it takes but it gets easier after the bump (trust us we know).
Sort out your items, in order of category: clothing, books, paper, komono (kitchen, bathroom, garage, miscellaneous) and sentimental items. Next, focus on what you want to keep. This is where you look through your pile and only keep items that spark joy in your heart, if not it’s to the trash (you have to be disciplined for this one!)
Pace yourself, it’s easy to get motivated and at the same time, over ambitious about de-cluttering your wardrobe (trust me I tried to do everything in 2 days). Spread it out over a couple of days. You should be enjoying the process of keeping only what you need, one category at a time.
So that’s all we have for all you. With that, we want to wrap up our month of sustainability by saying a big thank you to all of you who have been reading our articles religiously. But it doesn’t stop there! We’re always on the lookout for new ways and techniques to waste less and step towards sustainability. So, remember our 5 tips and if you need an item restored, don’t hesitate to contact us.