‘Tis the Season to Be Sustainable

It’s the most wonderful time of the year yet it’s the most impactful time for the environment. The National Environmental Education Foundation finds that household waste increases by more than 25% from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. This year, reduce waste by incorporating sustainable practices into your holiday shopping routine. 

Celebrate the season of giving by choosing eco-friendly options like sustainable fashion. 

Throughout the year the fast fashion industry contributes to waste and increases our carbon footprint. During the holiday season it heightens significantly. It’s tempting for consumers to give in when non-stop sales are constantly being promoted but the hottest deal of the season is shopping sustainably. Sustainable fashion offers consumers a chance to enjoy new additions to their closet without harming the environment. The practice of sustainable fashion embraces ecological integrity and social justice. Unlike fast fashion, sustainable fashion saves natural resources and supports labor rights for garment workers. Now is as good a time as ever to start shopping sustainably because the planet is suffering from the devastating effects of pollution.  Every year almost 13 million tons of textile waste end up in landfills. Additionally, shopping from fast fashion brands like H&M and Zara supports the exploitation of garment workers. These workers are severely underpaid and are forced to work under unsafe conditions. Thankfully, being a conscious consumer can produce positive change in our world. When you shop with ethical brands this holiday season it makes a statement about the need for sustainability in every market. Your purchases can actually help the environment rather than harm it. 

Why shop sustainable fashion this season?

Shopping sustainable fashion is good for the planet and even better for your closet! Think of it as making an investment in your wardrobe. You are purchasing pieces of clothing that are of high quality and are designed to last longer. Instead of falling for the trends of fast fashion just to toss clothes away the next season, you can have clothes that last for years. With sustainable fashion there’s also the precious opportunity to curate a timeless style. You’ll be able develop a solid collection filled with versatile pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down. In addition to enhancing your style, secondhand pieces will prevent textile waste from going into landfills. Sustainable fashion is a gift that truly lives up to its value. It promises longevity, high quality, and fashionable clothing all in one. Make the holidays all the more exciting with a sustainable purchase. Plus, it’ll be easy to find your loved ones a unique gift that they can cherish for years. It’ll also show that a lot of thought and effort went into getting the gift. They will surely appreciate a meaningful present.

Other sustainable practices for the holiday season

Being conscious does not stop at consumption. It’s important to be mindful of our behaviors and practices too. This holiday season consider trying a different material to wrap gifts. While gift wrap can be festive, much of the fun and glittery ones we enjoy cannot be recycled. Try a tote bag or box as an alternative to gift wrapping. Another useful tip is decorating with energy efficient lights and using a timer. This will help save money on the electricity bill and reduce energy waste. Lastly, a special sustainable practice to utilize this holiday season is giving back. Help families in need by donating food, warm clothes you no longer need or old toys for children. Spread joy this holiday season with these sustainable efforts.

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