Sure, it’s fun to imagine a fully sustainable wardrobe, but this week we’re talking to someone who’s actually been doing it for years. Ariana of Paris To Go is on the pod sharing her knowledge of sustainable fashion. What is it and why do we need to pay attention to shopping sustainability for clothing? We’re talking about why a $10 tee doesn’t actually exist, the marketing and quality (or lack thereof) to keep you in the buying cycle, and why it’s so expensive. Plus, answering some of your questions on eco-fashion like can it be done a budget? How do I find professional and formal wear when shopping sustainability and more. Before we even get started, you might be interested in manufacturers like Parker Clay and more.
Ariana has been on the podcast before discussing how to keep vegan eating interesting and answering listener zero waste questions. She’s not only vegan and zero waste but she’s gluten free, is currently making her own furniture, and is one of the most knowledgeable and kind people I know. Check out her full ethical and sustainable wardrobe here. Today’s episode is fairly long but I wanted you to get all the info about shopping for clothing ethically and sustainably, especially when Ariana is stocked with eco-fashion facts that will blow you away.
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On today’s episode, we mentioned a LOT of resources, everything from documentaries, to articles and online thrifting shops. Here is everything you heard on today’s extra long podcast in order that you heard it.
?Live Planted Sustainable Depop shop: I just opened my own shop on the online thrifting app called Depop. You guys love my thrift finds when I show them on Instagram, so I thought I’d do some thrifting for you. Both the blue tank in the main photo and the Jesse Kamm Sailor Pant/Everlane Utility Pant dupes above are for sale on Depop.
?The True Cost: This documentary is the jumping off point for those wanting to understand sustainable fashion. Highly recommend.
?THE Elizabeth Suzann article: We cite this article, from a fashion designer’s POV about why sustainable fashion is expensive and what it means to be a consumer, a few times in the pod. if you don’t have time to read the whole article, check out the part in bold that says ‘It’s pretty simple’ and read from there.
?The Tazreen Factory fire in Bangladesh which helped start a fashion revolution. After this eye-opening fire, people started to take note of ‘who made my clothes?’ Read the article to see the conditions garment factory workers work in every day for our fast fashion.
?Ashlee Piper on the Pod: Ashlee is brought up a few times on today’s pod. She’s the author of ‘Give a Sh*t’ and has so much dang knowledge packed into that book. Hear her on the pod, in an episode you guys raved about, here.
?We mentioned a few resources for sustainable shopping, here’s what was mentioned on today’s show. I’ll do a full blog post on sustainable shopping coming up. Reformation for sustainable women’s clothes and accessories, Pansy for organic cotton underwear, Harlow and Fox for larger bust sizes, and JungMaven for hemp wears and the only sustainable, nonsynthetic socks we could find.
?A good resource for how to responsibility get rid of clothing since a large percentage of clothing donated to Goodwill’s aren’t sold- they are put in landfills and shipped overseas. This article details a few options that are just as easy but much more ethical than dropping everything at a thrift store each time you want to minimalize.
?How to Thrift: We mention thrift shopping many times during this podcast, although it’s not the only option it’s a great resource to understand how to utilize. I wrote this whole guide on how to thrift like a less waste pro if you’re new to the thrift stores or you want to improve your skills.
Any sustainable shopping tips we didn’t mention that you have? I’d love to hear them.