Intentional Shopping with Sustainable Fashion
This year it has been a goal of mine to be more intentional with my shopping. Since I have been an avid fashion lover all my life I have often been played by big business. I have found myself caught up in fast trends that caused me to lose my personal style identity. I think we have all fallen victim to buying clothes and then only wearing them once. I started getting tired of having a closet full of items that I no longer wanted to wear. Dropping off big bags of clothes at Goodwill became too much of a habit every season. I wanted to figure out a better way to eliminate my fashion waste. I have been trying to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle in all aspects of my life and I no longer wanted to contribute to the second most wasteful industry. So I decided that it was time to dive in deep into sustainable fashion.
How to Find
Some of the biggest things to look for when shopping at a sustainable brand is to make sure they are creating clothing with natural materials that are bio-degradable aka not made of plastic. Avoiding animal-based materials is a great way to reduce your impact as well. But I have found this area to be the most challenging especially when it comes to buying good quality shoes.
Slow fashion is also a key phrase to look for when you are researching new sustainable brands. Slow fashion brands care about creating garments that are custom ordered because then they don’t have designs that are thrown out when they are not sold to the consumer. There are many creative artisans out there that care about changing how fashion impacts the environment. The key to shopping more sustainably is finding brands that hit all the marks for ethical and environmental business practices.
Back Beat Rags
I will be introducing a lot of my favorite sustainable brands that are working hard to make a positive change in the fashion industry. Lately, I have been finding a gold mine of amazing small sustainable companies. Slowly adding pieces to my wardrobe that I will love to wear again and again.
One of my favorite’s right now is Back Beat Rags. A Cali based lifestyle brand that offers low impact styles at accessible price points. Everything is made in LA. They buy locally knitted fabrics. And work with small family-owned businesses ensuring that they providing good jobs at every tier of the supply chain. Their designs are made with low impact materials like organic cotton, recycled cotton, hemp, and
Back Beat Rags Hemp Jumpsuit
Their jumpsuits are what immediately caught my attention. They looked like the perfect everyday look that is easy to lounge in and go out and about running errands. This sage green one is made out of hemp. My first piece of hemp clothing that I have ever owned, and I am
Buying clothing made out of hemp gives me peace of mind. I have been learning a lot more about this wonder plant and the millions of ways to use it . Hemp is a much more sustainable crop compared to cotton because it does not require nearly as much water. I will go into this material more on another blog post. But it is extremely important to add more hemp to your wardrobe especially when you can pick a basic piece like a t-shirt that is made out of hemp rather than conventional cotton. That makes a huge difference with your impact on this planet.
Other Back Beat Rags Wardrobe Must Haves
Thanks for stopping by and reading this blog post stay tuned for more of my favorite sustainable and slow fashion brands that I will be sharing soon.