My name is Lexi (@eco.lexi) and I have been on my journey to sustainability since December of 2019. I’m still learning so much about the eco-friendly fashion
and zero waste lifestyle so have begun documenting my own experience to offer some guidance to those of you just starting your own journeys to sustainability. My main focus has always been based around slow fashion and I am proud to have launched the Say No To New Project this year which is a campaign that encourages people to search for alternative ways to shop for ‘new’ clothes. I also share my own slow fashion outfits over on Instagram (@alexandra.mount) along with accompanying blog posts to give you more information on where I source the items, any upcycling I did and the overall cost of each outfit.
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram – @eco.lexi @alexandra.mount @saynotonewproject
- Tik Tok – @alexandra.mount
What is Slow Fashion?
Slow fashion is all about taking into account the resources and processes that go into making a garment.
The two biggest questions to think about are:
- Is it sustainable?
- Is it ethical?
To be able to answer these questions we first need to understand what ‘sustainability’ and what being ‘ethical means’.
According to the Cambridge Dictionary: the quality of being able to continue over a period of timeSo now when looking at the question we can think:
- How many resources were used?
- Is the material widely available and easy to produce?
- Is the packaging made from sustainable resources recyclable/biodegradable/compostable?
According to the Cambridge Dictionary: relating to beliefs about what is morally right and wrong.
So now when looking at the question we can think:
- Is it vegan?
- Are the workers being paid properly and fairly?
- How are the working conditions?
- What are the manufacturing processes?
The Slow Fashion Movement
The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world so by supporting the ‘Slow Fashion Movement’ we can all make our closets more sustainable! Some slow fashion alternatives include:
- Organic clothing made from sustainable materials
- Thrifted and secondhand clothing
- Repairing old items in your wardrobe
- Upcycling something old into something new
- Renting outfits
- Being an outfit repeater!
If you follow my @saynotonewproject Instagram page you’ll find that I’m always sharing slow fashion facts and have recently created some posts about sustainable materials.
It’s also always worth checking to see if the company:
- GOTS (Global Organic Textiles Standard) certified
- Meet the GRS standards
- Are PETA vegan approved
- Meet the OEKO-TEK safety standards
- Meet the OCS standards
- Hold a OCS100 (Organic Content Standard) certification
- The company represent fair fashion and have been successfully ‘Fair Wear’ checked meaning their items are made ethically and fairly.
Slow Fashion Companies
Often companies that meet the criteria that I’ve just mentioned will be classed as sustainable and a part of the slow fashion movement.
Examples of slow fashion brands/companies:
Thrifted and Second-hand Clothing
Thrifting is a sustainable and affordable way to build your slow fashion wardrobe! By shopping at charity stores you can find so many hidden gems while also supporting a great cause. Of course you also have the option to shop online.
Examples of preloved/thrifting apps and sites:
- SKVNGR – Highstreet & Designer
- Ebay – Highstreet & Designer Vestiaire Collective – Designer
- Vinted – Highstreet & Designer
- Depop – Highstreet & Designer
Renting is another great way to avoid buying new items that you may only wear once. So many places now offer options to rent stunning one-of-a-kind pieces and designer items. It’s also a great way for you to rent out your own items so that they get more use and so you can get a little extra income!
Examples of rental sites/pages:
Repairing and Upcycling
I am really into upcycling at the moment and always repair my favourite clothes. Before you throw your older clothes away, see if there’s anything you could turn them into.
Here’s some quick upcycle/repair ideas:
- turning an old tee into a crop top
- embroidering onto an old denim jacket or denim jeans
- tie dyeing or completely dyeing faded clothes
- cropping old jeans into shorts
- adding sew-on patches to any holes/rips
It’s always better to upcycle rather than throwing something away that will just sit in landfill for years to come.
Say No To New
Join me in supporting the slow fashion movement each month. Nowadays, there are so many options to support the slow fashion movement and achieve a sustainable wardrobe! Thrifting, renting and upcycling are all easy ways to not only shop more eco-friendly fashion but also save yourself a lot of money. Often charity stores or online preloved apps and sites have thousands of hidden gems that would make fabulous additions to your closet.Slow fashion doesn’t just mean preloved or upcycled. You can still support the movement by searching for organic pieces or garments made from recycled fabric as these have a much lower carbon footprint.
How it Works
Each month, there is an asset to download from ecolexi.com where all you’ll need to do is add a photograph of yourself in a slow fashion outfit. You can share where you got your outfit from in your description to help others learn about shopping sustainably! Don’t forget to tag @eco.lexi and @saynotonewproject and use the #saynotonewproject hashtag to have your pledge shared on the official Instagram page.
Want to know more about sustainable fashion? Check this post out.