GETTING TO KNOW THE THE 7 R’S OF FASHION

By: Hillary LeBlanc , August 23 2022



Remember when we just had to remember the 3 R’s in order to practice Eco-friendly habits? In an effort to really break things down so to speak, the world of fashion now recognizes 7 R’s that make an impact to be sustainable. The benefit to this is that fashionista’s can find several ways to keep their wardrobe fresh while being kind to our planet.

RECYCLE

Recycling textiles is a common practice that some people have adopted into their daily lives when garments well loved, or disliked, come to pass. It’s simple, clothes don’t belong in the trash. Because of the dyes and various textiles making up fabrics, it can be hard for fabric and clothes to break down, meaning giving them a second life is crucial for the environment. Did you know that cotton and other natural-fiber clothing can be composted as long as they are not blended with synthetic fibers like polyester? Make sure to shred it finely and remove attachments like zippers and buttons before composting and voila – you have made an impact! You can also donate clothing to be recycled at any H&M store for their Garment Collecting Program.

REUSE

Hand me downs used to be an indication of social status but in today’s world, reusing clothing and accessories is fashionable. It’s cool to be part of the eco-fashion world. In fact many communities have fashion swaps so you can exchange items to keep them in circulation. Consignment and thrift stores have increasingly become trendy.

REPURPOSE

We all have that one garment that we love to hate. Perhaps it’s a dress that no longer fits but that pattern and fabric is too good to let go of. You can repurpose items into accessories, cleaning supplies, bedding, dusting towels or even try your sewing skills to make other household items like drink coozies, plant holders, cat clothes, art supplies – the possibilities are endless! Another way to consider repurposing an item is through slightly modifying how it is worn. Turn older t-shirts into sleep wear, jeans into shorts or jackets into vests…anything goes and it looks unique!

REDUCE

The hardest skill for many is to learn habits that reduce the quantity of what is in your closet. Instead of buying into fast fashion, it can be beneficial to research brands that prioritize quality and longevity to really condense that wardrobe. Shopping local and sustainably for pieces that will last you for years is also a benefit to your budget in the long run as well. Hilary MacMillan is a great Canadian designer with a. sustainability mindset for investing in more expensive, long lasting pieces.

REPAIR

Instead of tossing out that shirt with a missing button or a dress with a broken zipper, it makes such a big impact on the environment by having them repaired. Just think of all the waste you prevent from going into a landfill. If you are not gifted with the ability to sew, perhaps you can befriend your local seamstresses and get your pants hemmed, holes patched and tears repaired.

RESALE

In the era of Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, and even posting clothes on Instagram Stories, it is easier than ever to just sell items to people who are looking to freshen up their wardrobe at a fraction of the cost. Why not buy items that are in good condition or items from influencers that were gifted?! Selling preloved items can bring in some extra income and create more space in your closet. Buying gently worn items at a fraction of the original cost is equally beneficial.

RENT

This last option of renting items has really become popular in the past decade! Especially when it comes to formal attire, it makes a lot of sense to rent gowns, evening dresses and party outfits so that you aren’t spending a fortune and never have to worry about being caught wearing the same outfit twice. Places like Fitzroy Rentals allow people to rent outfits for a fraction of the cost. This is a game changer in terms of continuing to look fresh!


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Published: August 23 2022  |  Author: Hillary LeBlanc  |  Tagged: None