This is the last instalment of Me, Myself and the Planet, the monthly blog which helps you understand your fashion’s impact on the planet and how you can start shopping more sustainably with the planet in mind. So with that said, let’s look at what we have explored over the past 6 months! 

RE-WORK THAT CLOSET!

All the way back in sunny July we looked at the easiest thing you could possibly do to lower your fashion’s impact on the environment: using what you have! An example of using what you have is if there are any items of clothing that you love but are ripped, have broken zips or simply don’t fit you anymore, why not find a local seamstress/seamster. This is a great way of supporting a small business, your local community and the planet.  
 

WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE FASHION?

We then looked at what ‘sustainable fashion’ means: clothing that is produced or acquired in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible way! Sustainable fashion is an umbrella term that encompasses so many different ways of a brand being sustainable. Brands such as Organic Basics choose to use sustainable materials to make their garments. Made to Order means they create the item in your measurements which helps cut down on fabric waste when in production and these brands are usually small teams. Finally, upcycling and reworking items is a way for a brand to use the textiles that already exist on the planet instead of making any new clothes from scratch 🧵
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 BUY LESS, CHOOSE WELL AND MAKE IT LAST.

September was focused on the iconic words of Dame Vivienne Westwood ‘Buy less, choose well and make it last’. Buying less is simple and almost obvious: only buy something you REALLY love and really need. Ask yourself before purchasing an item: Do I need this item? Will I wear it 30 or more times? Do I have other items in my wardrobe I can wear it with? Aftercare of items is also something a lot of consumers forget is important when it comes to having a sustainable wardrobe. It’s not just about the material of the clothes you have or how you acquired them but also how you clean and care for them in order to ensure they last longer! We shared with you these simple and easy ways to make your clothes last for years to come: wash at 30 degrees, wash less, air dry and choose products such as SMOL which are eco friendly clothing detergent! 
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MEND YOUR CLOTHES!

Next, we delved into the world of mending and how many consumers have lost touch with the value of their clothing. We asked ourselves, what happened to the days when we would repair our clothing because…it made sense to? We learnt about the ‘Make do and mend’ scheme that the government introduced during WW2 due to the fact that there was no new clothing available: people were encouraged to repair, mend and up-cycle their clothing. 
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HAVE YOU TRIED A RENTAL PLATFORM BEFORE?

Finally, in December we dug deeper into fashion rental. We discussed what it is, it’s advantages over buying and how it helps lower your impact. Renting is a great alternative to buying an item for a special event that you don’t see yourself wearing very often and if you are someone who likes to switch up their look, it’s a guilt free way of feeding into a temporary fashion trend. Ilk + Ernie are on Hirestreet- be sure to check us out if you would like to hire any of our items! 
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We hope that over the last 6 months you have learnt a little bit more about how to make your wardrobe more planet friendly and now, when you go clothes shopping, you are approaching items with a sustainable mindset 💖 Thank you so much for reading Me, Myself and The Planet lovelies x