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 - We ship all orders from London, UK with Royal Mail, FEDEX or UPS using a fully trackable service needing a signature upon delivery. Delivery times are estimates and usually start 24 hours after your order has been placed to allow for order packing.
£4.55 - Standard Shipping (7-10 business days)
£7.30 - Express Shipping (1-3 business days)
EUROPE (AT, BE, DK, FR, DE, IE, IT, NL, PL, PT, ES)
€12.49 (£10.80) - Standard Shipping (7-10 business days)
€22 (GBP 19.45) - Express Shipping (2-3 business days)
€15 - Standard Shipping (7-10 business days)
€28 (£25) - Express Shipping (4-6 business days)
USA (& CANADA
$22 (£18.90) - Standard Shipping (7-10 business days)
$24 (£19.80) - Express Shipping (2-3 business days)
AUSTRALIA (& NEW ZEALAND
AUD33 (£17.85) - Standard Shipping (7-10 business days)
AUD46 (£24.45) - Express Shipping (4-6 business days)
SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA
$26 (£20) - Standard Shipping (9-14 business days)
MIDDLE EAST // ASIA
$33 (£25) - Standard Shipping (7-10 business days)
$39 (£29) - Express Shipping (4-6 business days)
$39 (£30) - Standard Shipping (7-10 business days)
DUTIES, TAXES and CUSTOMS CLEARANCE CHARGES
Non EU countries may levy import duties 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. These charges are unfortunately not under our control. 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.
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