Continuing The Cycle of Clothes: Tips For Sustainable Shopping

December 21, 2020

Shopping sustainably is a great way to protect our planet and reduce your impact on the environment, especially during the holidays when there is an increase in waste. To encourage sustainable shopping, we’ve spoken with Poshmark seller and eco-conscious shopping enthusiast, Katherine Petrunia, to get her tips on how to shop in an eco-friendly way and resell your previously loved clothes to continue the cycle so they don’t end up in the landfill. —Vita Daily

shopping sustainably. Shopping sustainably is important for the future of the fashion industry. When we make a purchase, we send a message to the market that influences future practices. Essentially, you cast a vote for a more sustainable future with every purchase from an eco-conscious brand.It’s important to think about what goes into the clothes we buy. Shopping secondhand is a great way to build your wardrobe without breaking the bank, and gives clothing a second—or third!—life instead of being thrown in a landfill. Plus, once you’re ready for something else, you can continue the cycle by donating or reselling that piece, so someone else can also enjoy it.

triple threat: sustainable shopping, style + budget. You don’t have to completely change how you shop overnight, but making small changes makes a difference over time. Shifting from shopping retail at big brand stores to sustainable brands and secondhand outlets makes a big impact.There are so many amazing options when it comes to shopping secondhand, and it’s becoming easier to find styles suited to your needs thanks to apps like Poshmark. The social marketplace is also convenient for shoppers who love the idea of buying secondhand, but don’t want to sort through racks of clothing. It’s a win-win cycle!

my poshmark closet style + tips. When it comes to my own Poshmark closet, Covet_ Thrift, I opt for classic styles and focus on natural materials whenever possible. I tend not to pick up pieces that are super trendy and ‘disposable’ and instead focus on quality and longevity. I want my shoppers to find something they will love and enjoy for a long time. For sourcing, I look to my own closet for starters. I’m shifting my own personal style towards more classic pieces and have been slowly refining my own closet. As I do, I’ll donate and resell items so someone else can enjoy them. I’m lucky to have some great thrift stores nearby where I do most of my sourcing, and I’ve found a variety of gems there. To optimize time, I prioritize which store sections to go to first and work my way down that list. This is great when I have certain categories I’m looking to stock up, or have a limited amount of time to shop.

reuse + upcycle. When it comes time to go through your own closet, don’t shy away from an upcycle or DIY project! Cut the sleeves off that tee, or turn that pair of jeans into shorts. Repurposing your clothes doesn’t have to require a seamstress. Get creative and don’t just toss something in the “trash pile” before considering if the material can be used for something else.


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