We all know how difficult it is to escape the urge of tapping into the newest fashion trends and shopping for the latest “must-have” items. How many of us are guilty of an impulse buy that we later regretted, ended up wearing once and threw to the bottom of a closet? By buying too many clothes too often, we contribute to the harmful cycle of consumption that weights heavily on our planet. You might think that one person is incapable of making a change. But think of this: what if 7 billion people thought the same? If you want to be a part of the generation making a change towards ethical and responsible living, explore the following five tips on how to green up your wardrobe.
Upcycling is an easy way to creatively re-use those old items that now only clutter your closet or are destined for bin. You can give your old clothes a second chance and create new outfits with a little bit of imagination like painting cool patterns with eco-dyes, cutting them to re-fashion into cropped garments or sewing patches for a one-of-a-kind look. You will not only be extremely sustainable, but you might turn heads showing off your unique D.I.Y. pieces. It’s also an amazing idea to completely repurpose the item – you can create a trendy pillowcase or a chic yet eco-friendly bag out of the old pair of denim jeans. If you are not particularly creative, organize a clothes swap with your friends or as a last resort, donate your old items to your charity of choice.
An important aspect of greening up your wardrobe is choosing clothes that were made out of recyclable and environmentally-friendly materials. You can never go wrong with organic cotton, econyl (sometimes made from reclaimed fishing nets), tencel (made from regenerated cellulose) or spider silk. There are so many sustainable materials on the market nowadays, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Plus you’ll be supporting the independent businesses that make them available to us.
You might think some brands are sustainable because they post pictures of nature and organic food on Instagram, but let’s not forget that being environmentally conscious is so much more than that. Search for apparel brands that are fully transparent and publicly share the information on who supplies them with materials, who dyes the fabric, and who sews the clothes. If you want to remove the weight off of Mother Nature’s shoulders, inform yourself on the practices employed by your favourite fashion brands.
Remember: you don’t have to completely turn your life around and get rid of all your old clothes, it is all about little steps that will eventually contribute to the greater cause. One easy but key step would be to invest in durable and trans-seasonal clothes to reduce consumption. We can all agree that buying ten different swimsuits for one holiday getaway or owning more than two pairs of black stilettos is excessive and not exactly sustainable. Try turning your wardrobe into a capsule collection of clothes that will work all year round and that will match with most of your outfits. Make sure the quality of the item you plan to buy is worth the money you’re spending and that it’s not going to deteriorate after two washes.
At Ender Legard we believe that minimalism and sustainability go hand in hand. We are a slow fashion company that employs socially- and environmentally-friendly practices when manufacturing our high quality lingerie and we strive to make ethical and informed choices at every step during our design and manufacturing process. Start being a part of the change today!
- Monika Paczuzka
DELIVERY TIMES // COSTS
All orders are shipped tracked and insured from London, UK with Royal Mail, FEDEX or UPS. Delivery estimates are based on standard shipping rates listed below. For urgent orders, express shipping options are available at checkout.
UNITED KINGDOM from £5.70
EUROPE (AT, BE, DK, FR, DE, IE, IT, NL, PL, PT, ES) from €14
EUROPE (other) from €15
USA & CANADA from USD$23
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND from AUD33
SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA from US$26
MIDDLE EAST & ASIA from US$33
SOUTH AFRICA from US$39
DUTIES, TAXES and CUSTOMS CHARGES
BREXIT update. As of 1 January 2021 the new UK and EU trade agreement establishes zero tariffs or quotas on trade between the UK and EU where goods meet the relevant rules of origin. For ENDER LEGARD lingerie garments under HS code 6212.10.10 that have been produced in Great Britain or the EU, the relevant EU law to claim Preferential (PREF) Duty of 0.0% is D2253/20.
Customers in the EU should therefore not be required to pay additional import duties on their purchase and ENDER LEGARD will always include all necessary commercial export documentation to facilitate customs clearances.
However, where your purchase exceeds the EU goods import threshold value of €139, your national customs department will levy standard VAT on your import.
This will vary depending on your location. For Germany for example, this will be 19%, France 20% etc. In real terms it means that your purchase from ENDER LEGARD should cost more or less the same as prior to BREXIT.
For customers from countries outside of the European Union, import duties will usually only apply if your order value goes over a certain threshold. For US customers this threshold is $800 and for Australian customers it is AUD 1,000. If you have been charged import duties and then want to return your item to us for a refund, you'll be able to reclaim these charges. Your Customs and Border Protection agency can offer guidance.
All items are shipped insured and tracked and will need a signature upon delivery at which point responsibility for your purchased goods passes to you. If you have specified a recipient other than yourself for delivery purposes (e.g. as a gift or if you are out) then you accept that evidence of a signature by them (or at the specified delivery address) is evidence of delivery and fulfilment by ENDER LEGARD Ltd and transfer of responsibility in the same way.
If you have additional questions about our delivery policy, call us on +44 (0) 7252 4666 Mon-Fri from 10am - 6pm GMT, or if you prefer email us at customercare @ enderlegard.com
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