How Sustainable Fashion Choices Reflect Our Values

Looks are not everything, but if we're being honest with ourselves, we should admit that other people's fashion choices - or how they choose to present themselves - can reveal a lot about them and their values. But the same is true for us, too.

How we dress and adorn ourselves not only tells other people what we care about but can also affect how we feel about ourselves. 

Choose the right clothes and jewelry - sustainable pieces that not only flatter your figure but also reflect your values - and those with similar ethics will recognize you. And is there anything better than finding kindred spirits and supporting each other and our shared goals in this chaotic world? It's hard to beat, that's for sure.

If you're looking to make more sustainable fashion choices but are not sure how or where to begin, keep on reading. In this blog post, we give you our best tips on how to make more eco-friendly choices when it comes to style - no matter where you are on the style spectrum.

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Why Sustainable Fashion Matters

Why focus on sustainable fashion now? Well, if not now, then when? The weather alone is getting more extreme by the year, not to mention deforestation and pollution.

Speaking of which, did you know that the fashion industry is one of the largest polluters in the world? 

From water-intensive cotton farming to chemical-heavy dye processes, the impact is massive. And fast fashion - trendy, cheap clothing - fuels this crisis even more by encouraging a throwaway culture. When you make an effort to buy sustainable, eco-friendly clothing, jewelry and makeup, you play a part - and it's an important part! - in reducing environmental damage and supporting a healthier you and the planet.

Because here's the thing about sustainable fashion: it really does benefit both you and the environment. Eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp are not only better for the planet but often offer better quality and durability. You get pieces that last longer and feel great on your skin. 

Plus, supporting brands that prioritize fair wages and safe working conditions aligns your spending with your values.

How to Make More Sustainable Fashion Choices

Quality Over Quantity

Invest in well-made pieces that will stand the test of time. Always keep this in mind: it's better to have a smaller wardrobe of high-quality items than a closet bursting with fast fashion that falls apart after a few washes. (That why we created Finn + Emma

While high-quality items tend to be more expensive initially, they will save you money in the long-run. Just look for sturdy stitching, quality fabrics, and timeless designs and you'll be able to mix and match with your current wardrobe with ease.

Natural and Organic Materials

Natural and organic materials like organic cotton, linen, bamboo, and recycled fibers have a significantly lower environmental footprint.

Organic cotton, for instance, is grown without harmful pesticides and chemicals, making it safer for the environment and the farmers who produce it. Linen and bamboo are both durable and biodegradable, ensuring they won't contribute to landfill waste. As a bonus, these options are so much more comfortable than polyester.

Sustainable Jewelry Choices

There are plenty of sustainable jewelry options out there, many better and more unique-looking than their fast-fashion counterparts. This is because they're often handcrafted, meaning each piece has a story and uniqueness that mass-produced items can't match.

For those about to get engaged, consider lab-created diamond rings. These diamonds are virtually identical to mined ones but come with a fraction of the environmental and ethical baggage. Nothing beats a perfect lab-created diamond ring - it looks like the 'real' deal but it's more affordable and doesn't involve harmful practices.

Secondhand and Vintage

Don't avoid thrift stores and marketplaces - they can often be fantastic places to find not only well-preserved but sometimes even luxury clothing. Plus, these pieces are also often more unique looking than mass-produced clothing.

Thrift stores, consignment shops, and online marketplaces like eBay and Poshmark are excellent places to start. When you buy vintage, you're almost guaranteed to get superior craftsmanship and materials compared to modern fast fashion. Plus, buying second hand extends the life cycle of clothing, keeping items out of landfills and reducing the demand for new production.

Finally, if you're just starting with eco-friendly fashion, you don't have to do it all at once. Go slowly; prioritize quality and support sustainable brands. Remember: every choice you make matters in the end!

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