Sustainable fashion, slow fashion, fast fashion, a capsule wardrobe, subscription-based models, value chain, transparency, trans-seasonal, timeless, GOTS-ceritified, organic, oeko-tex 100/1000… Do you know what it all means? We hardly know all the definitions, so we decided to make a DICTIONARY. So every second week or so, we will try to post a definition of a new word or concept. As the headline already revealed, the first concept we will define is sustainable fashion and slow fashion. But in order to explain what sustainable fashion is about, let me just explain
In my perspective, sustainable fashion can be a variety of things. It can be: The choice of materials (e.g. use less water, is certified, contains no chemicals, recycled materials) Improved working conditions throughout the supply chain (e.g. Fairtrade, GOTS certificate) Handing in old clothes to shops with recycling programs or at second-hand shops. Redesigning old clothes or things (e.g. my sculptured earrings) Buying second hand or vintage clothes (find all the good vintage shops here) Renting clothes (see list below and see Dorte’s experience here) Having a minimalistic and trans-seasonal wardrobe
Have you heard about Greenpeace and Fashion Revolution partnering up around the initiative called Make Something? I love the concept and especially because it has recently been Black Friday (which we wrote about here and which we are not a big fan of) and this new initiative encourages people to be creative and MAKE SMTHNG. It runs from December 2nd to 10th, but I highly recommend you to extend to an all year round activity and exercise in order to be more creative with the stuff you do have. As
You know the feeling when you have found a cool vintage or second hand piece, but then you come home and try it out in various ways, but somehow it only makes you look like your grandma! So if you want to embed and integrate it in your Scandinavian minimal wardrobe and update your style to 2017, then here’s a few simple tips and tricks I have. (I will promise you some styling pictures of my own vintage and actual grandma’s clothes!) Add a hoodie or sweater Style it
Where are all the good vintage or second hand stores? How much are you willing to pay for a used item? And is it really sustainable? First of all, yes it is the better choice, because you save ressources and labour when you buy second hand items. Also, you have the opportunity to hand pick items that no one else have and you can personalize your style even more. I started buying secondhand when I went to high school, and by now half of my wardrobe consist of either second
The Danish newspaper Politiken has recently launched a new campaign called #stoptøjspild and in English called #stopclotheswaste. Did you know that every Danish buyer purchases an average of 16 kg of clothing each year, corresponding to a total of 89,000 tonnes? This means that we are the country in the Nordic region whose inhabitants have the largest clothes consumption. In order to get find the triggers behind our overuse, Politiken has interviewed Else Skjold, associate professor and PhD student at the Design School in Kolding “Many of us buy too much clothes we
Do you have a filled closet, but somehow still doesn’t have something to wear? All the magazines and blogs talk about spring cleaning your closet at the moment. They talk about giving it charity or throwing it out (DON’T) – do this instead: SELLING. If the clothes is not that used you can sell it at various resell platforms, e.g. Tradono, Trendsales, DBA, or another selling platform in your respective country. However this can be a time consuming option, and takes some skills on how to write a good text, take good representable pictures etc.
Today, I am going to guide you on how to take better care of your clothes – and that’s whether you want to lower your carbon footprint and amount of water used to clean it, or just want to prolong the lifetime of your clothes. Because let’s face it – not all is about lowering your carbon footprint, but to actually care for your favorite sweater so it will lasts a decade even though it might be a high street item. As I mentioned on instagram, CEO of Levi’s advices you to