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5 ways to shop more sustainable for fashion this summer

FASHION  |  MAY 12, 2019


With 2020 around the corner, there’s no more way of hiding your head in the sand when it comes to the importance of a sustainable lifestyle. Our planet is in trouble, and the only way to save it is to cut down on the way we consume everything from food and fuel, to fashion.

In the spirit of treading lightly on the earth this festive season, we thought we’d share a few tips to help you shop for sustainably this summer. Here goes!

Choose to shop from retailers with a known sustainability platform

Stores like H&M and Poetry have collections and apparel items that are geared towards sustainability. Made from materials such as recycled polyester, Tencel™ and organic cotton, these items take far less water and energy to produce. Keep an eye out for options like these when you head to the stores to update your seasonal wardrobe.

Start investing in a capsule wardrobe

Speaking of seasonal attire, one of the simplest ways to cut down on your consumption of so-called ‘fast fashion’ is to invest in a capsule wardrobe consisting of high-quality items. A capsule wardrobe normally consists of a collection of must-haves like a well-fitted pair of black pants, a crisp white button-down shirt, smart loafers, a parka, a summer dress, etc. You know, those obvious things everyone needs in their wardrobe. When you purchase items like these from brands like Tread+Miller, you know it will last a long time and you won’t have to update it every season.

Upcycle whenever you can

If you’re feeling a little tired of a clothing item, see if there’s a way to give it some new life. You could, for instance, upcycle a button-down shirt into a front-tie, off-the-shoulder number; add a fresh side-stripe to a denim; use chunky faux fur fabric to turn a jacket into a parka; or go a little bonkers with beads on tired shoes. Here are a few more ideas as inspiration.

Start swopping schemes with your buddies

Not all that keen on the whole DIY bit, but would still like to get a new outfit out of the deal without getting rid of your old clothes? Organise a swopping scheme with your buddies. Here are a few tips on the format of events like these.


Formal clothing can be very expensive. A simple way of sparing yourself some expense and making a sustainable move at the same time is to rent a tux or a formal dress instead of buying it outright. This way you can spend your budget on lovely accessories from retailers like LovisaCotton On and Old Khaki instead.

There you have it – five interesting ways to ensure that you shop more sustainably this summer. Keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months for more expert insight on all things fashion and lifestyle-related. In the meantime, follow and like our social pages to keep up to date with the latest special offers and seasonal deals.

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