Wear clothes you love, while caring for the planet. Our simple checklist will help you make sustainable shopping choices you can feel good about.
Before You Shop
❏ Do they give back to their community? Is there a charity or cause they support?
❏ Do you know who made the clothing? Transparent brands will tell you where and how garments are created. Look for information on working conditions as well as fair pay.
❏ Get your reusable bags ready. Having them on hand means you can say no to plastic.
❏ Ask yourself why you’re shopping. Try to have a purpose, rather than just browsing.
While You Shop
❏ Do you really need it? Do you have anything similar in your wardrobe already?
❏ Is it good quality? If it’s made well and fits well, it’ll last longer and you’ll wear it more.
❏ Is the fabric sustainable? Look for organic, recycled or sustainably sourced materials.
❏ Will you wear it more than a few times? Is it timeless, or a trend that will quickly pass?
❏ Does it go with what you have? If you can’t wear something without buying a whole new wardrobe, it’s likely to just sit in your closet.
❏ Is the packaging sustainable? How much is plastic or will go to landfill? Carry a reusable bag or, if you shop online, ask if their packaging is eco-friendly.
❏ Minimise travel. Visit fewer stores if you can. For online shopping, standard shipping is better than express delivery, which creates more emissions. After you shop.
❏ Keep old clothes out of landfill. When you no longer want something, try selling it online, hosting a clothes swap or donating to charity shops. You could also repurpose a garment by altering it or turning it into cleaning cloths.
❏ Share the love. When you find a brand that cares, let others know! The more people are aware of sustainable fashion, the more we’ll see change in the industry.