Sustainable fashion

The world has gone through a lot of negative changes lately. We can all feel climate change on our own skin, smell air pollution and see nature struggle. Many people has woken up and decided to try to make a change while we can. Al the things happening around us made an impact on fashion as well. It has been a long time ago, when lavishment was acceptable. Wasting is not chic anymore. Besides other industries, fashion said yes to being eco-friendly.

Eco-friendly fabrics
The most plausible step to a better tomorrow for fashion brands is to use organic materials for their clothes such as bamboo, organic cotton, silk or cashmere. By achieving this we can reduce one fourth of the world’s pesticide consumption. H&M made a basic collection from organic cotton. Stella McCartney’s stores are not only powered by wind energy but she often uses recycled materials and her clothes are animal-free.

And there are some other initiations:

Adidas
The sport brand introduced a shoe to the market that was made from recycled ocean waste in association with Parley for the Oceans.

Calvin Klein
CK designed a dress for Emma Watson that was made from plastic bottles to the 2016 Met Gala.

H&M
The company launched a new campaign called Conscious that means you can bring all your used or ruined clothes/towels to an H&M store, and your clothes will have a new purpose later. In return the store will give you a discount or coupon.
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The brand presented its Conscious Exclusive collection that contained dresses made from plastic shoreline waste.

Vivienne Westwood
The British designer takes the protection of environment very seriously. She supported the Green Party on the Elections and she teamed up with Farms Not Factories and launched a line of bags and T-shirt that were all made of organic cotton in 2014.

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Dr. Linda Thomas
The British doctor became famous with the Wave of waste dress that was made from 100 body boards.

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World Earth Day. So why all this focus on Ocean Plastic? Many think Blue Planet 2 was responsible and as incredible as that was, it aired at a time where we had already reached a tipping point. We have allowed Climate Change to keep going on in the background. We really have learnt to look the other way as the polar ice melts and chaotic weather patterns are already being seen. We can get on a plane with enjoyment not realising that each person on a long haul flight has undone the carbon saved by each person living completely off grid. And there aren’t that many people doing that. The Ocean won’t let us do that. She is spewing up the plastic big and small on our Coastlines. The scientists can tell us anything but if you do a #2minutebeachclean anywhere in the World you can find plastic. It is in our water, it is in our food. It’s killing. Now the good news. When I went to the Ocean Plastic Crisis Summit in London a few weeks ago and listened to experts I really understood everything works. Bad news, we need to do everything . Good news, everything makes a difference. So whether you are a child and thinking about writing a letter or an adult who is going to stop buying plastic (polyester/nylon) clothing, just do it. My current struggle is plastic packaging. In the comments let me know what areas you’re struggling with and let’s help each other. Image by @symagesphotography of @emmajaneskinner wearing Wave of Waste dress by @linda_eco_design from 100 dumped bodyboards collected by @beachcaresw of @keepbritaintidy Eco Hair by @clairswinscoestudiocouture Eco make up by @rebeccarosemua and using @ecostardust #lovepeopleandplanet #worldearthday #oceanplastic #marineplastic #thereisnoplanetb #waveofwaste #waveofwastedress #plasticfree #take3forthesea #surfersagainstsewage #greenpeace #keepbritaintidy #plasticfreecoastlines #thetimeisnow #litterati #joinedupthinking #systemschange #wecanmakeadifference

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Environmentally friendly

‘And lastly, I just want to say this: Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.’
/Leonardo DiCaprio’s Academy Award acceptance speech from 2016/

I couldn’t agree more. We are all responsible for the things that are currently happening to our planet. Though we might consider ourselves small ants walking on Earth but all of our decisions has an affect.

Here are the things everybody can accomplish:
1. Don’t throw your used batteries into your dustbin, because they release chemicals into the soil. There are specific containers for them in schools or supermarkets.
2. Whenever your are going shopping, take a linen bag with yourself to pack your goodies and never ask for a plastic bag. They need 400 years to decompose.
3. Instead of buying multiple bottles of mineral water, have a permanent container that you can refill over and over again.
4. Use public transportation instead of driving cars.
5. Try to avoid wasting paper. You can buy your new novels as e-books or read your magazines online.
6. Go to the local market for shopping. This way you are supporting your national production and your fruit didn’t need to be transported through the world.
7. Participate in events like the Earth Hour. Click here for more information!
8. Whenever you get bored of your stuff, and they are still usable, give it to your friends or relatives who would be happy to have them for longer. Organise a swapping party with the girls and find treasures! Give the rest of the stuff to charity.
9. If you have clothes that can’t be used any longer, take them to h&m so they can have a new purpose. Click here for more information!
10. Surround yourself with plants. They are not only nice to look at but they produce oxygen with photosynthesis.
11. If you have the opportunity, collect your waste selectively.
12. Whenever you are on a journey, make sure not to destroy the place you went to. For example don’t bring a bit of sand with yourself from the beach and don’t buy edelweiss or ivory.
13. Use eco-friendly electric products (washing machine, light bulb etc.)
14. Make compost from your biodegradable waste (crusts, eggshells). You can later use it to make your soil more fertile.
15. And finally, it is very important who you are supporting on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and whom you trust with your vote. Remember that people possessing power or fame can easily make change, but you can as well. With every single decision you make.

Minimalism

Minimalist lifestyle means protesting against the consumerist society we live in by reducing the objects that surround us to a minimum. This idea became quite popular in the last couple of years and it promises freedom from the burdens of shallow lifestyle.

Let’s see first, what are the adventages of living a minimalist lifestyle?
– By learning how to avoid the influential power of advertisements, you will be able save money and be more eco friendly.
– Less things mean less cleaning!
– You are ready to focus on the important things rather than objects tying you down. Travelling, sports, whatever you like.
– You will learn to live with only the things you really need.
– You will be able to pack lightly when travelling.

I admit that I’m very very very far from living a minimalist lifestyle (and I honestly think I’ll never be able to do it properly), but there are certain things I want to embrace from this lifestlye. Now come closer, dear reader, the following can be helpful to you too:

1. Before buying anything, make a pros and cons list in your head before deciding to pay for it. Buy the things you really need or fall in love with instead of buying something because it’s currently on sale, or because ‘you can wear to somewhere someday’.
2. Do regular decluttering ceremonies in your house twice a year (or more often, if you want to!). If you haven’t used something in the last months, you are not really needing that item. Think about clothes and shoes that don’t fit as well!
3. Throw everything away that expired (including food and beauty products) or are broken and can’t be repaired.
4. Rethink your beauty products and toiletries. One shampoo (and one spare if that bottle gets empty) should be enough.
5. Don’t be ashamed if you don’t like the things you get from friends or family members. Instead of beating around it in the house forever, try to find a new purpose or a new owner for them.
6. Invest in one better quality item instead of 5 cheaper ones that don’t last.
7. Start reusing, refilling and repairing things.
8. What about multiples? Do you really need 3 headphones?
9. Get rid of free and commercial stuff.
10. Let’s admit that sometimes we judge buy the cover. Bought a book but didn’t really like it? Give it to a second hand book shop.

Good luck on your journey to freedom!