Hey! It’s earth day! Where I am, leaves are popping out, flowers are just starting to appear, and it’s warm. It’s days like this that make it especially easy to love the earth we live on, and it’s earth day! Earth day is so important because it’s like a new year for taking care of the earth. So here are some fashion meets earth day ideas!
- Embrace the re style! For the past four years, I haven’t worn the same thing to school twice, but I don’t own an insane amount of clothing. I’m all about the rewear, and the restyle. Go through your closet and try wearing things a new way. Put your sweater on backwards. Wear a dress as a skirt. Pull a maxi skirt up to make it into a dress. Put your overalls on backwards. The more ways a garment can be worn, the more options you have without having to go shopping every week.
- Try a capsule wardrobe! A capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe of a smaller number of pieces. One of my favorite blogs on the subject is Unfancy– she does an amazing job of sharing her wardrobe, and showing you how to create your very own capsule collection. Having a smaller number of pieces in rotation helps keep unnecessary consumption down, which in turn helps the earth!
- Make your own clothing! This one isn’t for everyone, but it’s worth a shot. By making your own clothing, you’re not only cutting out some of the oil needed for transportation and creation of a piece, but you’re also in control of what fabrics you use. You can choose organic, and both mother earth and your skin will thank you.
- Replace three meals a week with a vegetarian or vegan meal! Animal agriculture accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, more than all of the emissions from transportation (which is also required in order to get animal products from a farm to you). Three meals aren’t a huge commitment, but if everyone in the US went vegetarian for just one day, 1.2 million tons of CO2,1.5 billion pounds of crops used to feed livestock, and 100 billion gallons of water would be saved. Small actions have huge benefits. This idea isn’t strictly fashion related, but being an ethical consumer applies to more than just the fashion industry.
- Shop green! There are tons of high and low end options for green fashion. Stella McCartney, Reformation, Everlane, and even H&M are entirely, or are working to become green brands. That’s just a few brands. Thrifting is another great alternative!
You don’t have to do all of these. You don’t have to do any of these. But, hey! It’s Earth Day! Give one of them a shot. I’ll be doing my best to do right by mother earth this year, and this list is just the start.