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Mihaela Manova is “Covering Climate Now” in Loveland, Ohio as an editor for Loveland Magazine
Part 3 of this series
As much as we have talked about the need to better our habits into becoming more sustainable, we must acknowledge the other side. In the beginning, this article was going to suggest the brands and new materials that can replace unsustainable goods. But during this climate, we must acknowledge that not everyone has the luxury to shop sustainably.
Read Part 2 – The dark side of fast fashion/ Covering Climate Now
Sustainability has grown more popular in the social media spheres as more consumers are pushing for a positive change in the environment and people’s working conditions.
Take for example the 8.1 million photos on Instagram with the tag #sustainablefashion, videos on YouTube giving life hacks on the subject, and the 230 tweets written in the past hour with the hashtag, #Sustainability.
This word has not only gained popularity online, but is pushing stores like Ikea in turning away from unsustainable practices and replacing them with more eco-friendly choices.
But with the making of more sustainable and ethical products, prices seem to skyrocket in comparison to its fast fashion counterpart.
Most often, sustainable clothing is made with quality materials and fair labor practices, thus giving more time to craft the garment. With having it ethically produced, the price escalates as the quantity of those garments becomes lower. Many shops order small batches and sell those, limiting the quantity of exports and making them more “limited edition.”
Even though sustainability is marketed as something that we must perfect and be 100% ready to switch all of our clothing and items for, that is actually far from the truth. As social media can be pressuring for this change of lifestyle, we must take it step by step.
Consequentelly, we must first begin with practices that will encourage sustainability, even with the items that we have at home.
When it comes to our seasonal wardrobe one must first consider what they need and don’t need. Decluttering and donating to thrift stores seems like a given, yet we forget the other options.
If you have younger siblings, cousins, family members, consider putting some stuff aside for them. Even giving away clothing to friends, or prom dresses to organizations like Cinderella’s Boutique can ease your wardrobe while still practicing sustainability.
If you have clothes or designer items that you want to sell, consider making an account on apps like Depop, Poshmark, or making a separate Instagram account to sell your pieces to your friends.
Any other things (accessories, jackets, etc.) you may feel like you want to give away, consider women/men’s shelters. Any extra gloves, hats, and jackets can help people in those shelters survive in the approaching chilling months.
As this article marks an end to this series, we must remember that a single person can indeed contribute a lot to the environment regardless of where they live, who they are, or what they have. When individuals begin sustainable practices, they have the power to influence family members and friends to do the same, and make a greater impact in multiple numbers.
So begin today, you have the power to make it happen.
Master list of affordable and sustainable brands/stores:
For the home:
- Brandless – a company based no having brands for their products – at a cheap price, includes personal care and household items
- Viva Terra – chic decor at reasonable prices, ranges from kitchen items to seasonal decor
- Gardener’s Supply Company– a B-Corp company (balancing business and profit). They also give away 8% of their profit to support local organizations that focus on community gardening and farming.
- Nearest Goodwill – 330 Loveland Madeira Rd
- Other drop off locations near Loveland – a list appears in part two of this series here
- Pact- online store for Women, Men, and Children, this company is praised to be one of the most affordable ones in the sustainable industry as well as been talked about by Forbes, USA Today, and the Huff Post.
- Boody – An apparel and underwear brand for Women, Men, and Children. This company has zero waste initiatives and provides facts on their website about the amount of energy, emissions, and drinking water saved from their practices.
- Ten Thousand Villages – an ethical jewelry and home brand that has handmade items from all around the world at reasonable prices. (Harpers Point – 11316 Montgomery Road)
- Conscious Step- organic and sustainable socks that donate to organizations like the LGBTQ community, HIV organizations, National Urban League, and disaster relief.
- Krochet Kids- ethical headwear and accessories for adults and children, they even make stuffed animals to match some of the crochet hats for the kids.
Places to give away your clothes/things/services:
- Cinderella’s Boutique – local organization that helps young girls each year by giving prom dresses
- Bethany House – Women’s shelter, 1841 Fairmount Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45214
- Barron Center – Men’s Shelter, 411 Gest St, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Apps for selling your clothing/goods:
- Depop – one of the most popular fashion marketplaces on social media today, this app can be used to create a personal store to sell your old clothes or even give away your vintage pieces
- Poshmark – works with many popular brands, including Lululemon, Victoria Secret, Nike, and more.
- Facebook Marketplace – a step by step guide
- The Real Real – luxury consignment, you can earn up to 85% of your sale price of your items
- Mercari – much like Craigslist, but no meetings happen in selling your items