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5 Tips For a More Socially Responsible Wardrobe

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I’m passionate about fashion and sustainability, so I love to see how brands are working toward a more responsible industry. But even as a huge advocate for socially conscious design, I can be guilty of not thinking about the impact my purchases have on our environment or communities. In fact, most people aren’t aware of how their daily choices affect the planet or global economy; we just want to look good and feel confident in what we wear. Luckily for us all: there are ways that you can make your wardrobe more socially responsible without sacrificing style or affordability. Here are five tips for making your closet—and world—a better place:

Look for local retailers first

If you’re looking for a socially responsible brand, look at the label. Instead of just buying from big-name manufacturers and brands, search for local retailers first. Find brands that are doing good for the community, environment, world and their employees—and don’t forget about animals!

Take care of the clothes you have

Get educated about the brands you buy

In order to do this, you need to be educated. If you’re not already familiar with the brands you buy, take some time to learn about them. For example, if your favorite brand is H&M and you know that they are committed to sustainability in their manufacturing process and supply chain, then that’s great! But if it turns out that H&M uses synthetic fibers for their clothing—which can have serious environmental impacts—you might want to reconsider buying from them.

In addition to knowing how these companies treat their employees and where they source materials from (for example cotton may come from countries with poor labour conditions), it’s also important for consumers like us to understand how these clothes are made too. When we buy an item of clothing without thinking about its production process or what happens at every step along the way between factory floor and store shelf (i.e., transportation), we’re essentially voting for continued exploitation via our consumer habits alone regardless of what company makes our clothes.”

Shop sustainably made clothing brands.

If you want to buy more sustainably, it’s important to know what you’re looking for. Here are some tips:

Reduce, recycle and resale

Reduce. The simplest way to be more socially conscious with your wardrobe is to simply buy less stuff.

If you’re feeling inspired, there are plenty of other ways you can lower your clothing footprint without going completely bare (though if that’s your thing, we certainly don’t judge). For example:

There are many ways to make your wardrobe more socially responsible.

There are many ways to make your wardrobe more socially responsible.


We all want to do the right thing, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. By following these tips, you can make your wardrobe more socially responsible in an easy way!

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