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5 Simple Steps to Making Your Wardrobe a Little Bit More “Green”

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After talking to some friends about how they view sustainable fashion, I found out that a lot of them wanted to know what small steps they can take to reduce their carbon footprint. You can make some very small and easy changes in order to reduce the amount of waste we contribute when it comes to our clothing. I decided to narrow it down to 5 things but let me know if you’d like to see a few more tips and I’d be happy to share. I hope you guys find this post helpful.

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1. Take care of your clothes

The simplest thing we can do is take care of the items we already have. Read labels and wash accordingly. If it says hand wash, just do it. You’ll be so happy with how many extra times you get to wear that item. You can find some great recipes to make your own laundry detergent here and here. Also, line dry whenever possible. If you can avoid dry cleaners, please do. It’s not good for the planet or your health. If you must, look for an eco-friendly “wet cleaner” who can do them same job without all of the harsh chemicals. Another great tip is to learn how to do basic sewing. Simple things like fixing a button or a zipper, repairing a rip, or fixing a hem can increase the lifetime of your garment.

2. Repurpose

Once you grow tired of an item (and it will inevitably happen) turn it into something else you can use. Check out ReFashionista when you get a chance. She’s a huge inspiration when it comes to turning older style clothing into fashion-forward street wear. It’s amazing what you can do with some imagination. You can also find tutorials on YouTube that can show you different projects that only involve a single piece of clothing.

3. Donate/Swap/Sell

This tip actually came to me from my friend, Ryan, who previously did a guest post on here about thrifting. For every item she buys at the thrift store, she brings one the next time to donate. This does two things: One, you participate in the thrifting life cycle and provide other people with a chance to take home that bizarrely printed kaftan that you had to have last summer. Two, you get a chance to get rid of items you know your no longer going to use. Another great idea is to hold a clothing swap party and have your friends bring over some well-maintained items that they no longer use. You can trade items you really like and the rest of it can be donated to your local thrift store. The last tip is to sell clothing that is in excellent condition, a sought after brand, currently on trend, or a staple item on websites like Ebay.

4. Talk to your local boutiques.

Boutique owners and buyers are great to talk to. Let them know your interested in sustainable fashion. If it’s already a boutique that sells sustainable fashion items than they might be able to give you information on other designers and labels you might like to try. If there is a certain designer or label that your interested in, let them know. They may be able to become a stockist. As a consumer we make our voices heard by buying the products we love.

5. Be conscious of new purchases.

When buying brand new item, try to buy items that are made of organic textiles or through sustainable manufacturing products.  Some other things to think about are whether or not the item is made in the US as well. Buy items that will be staples in your regular wardrobe. Lastly, try to purchase from local stores so you can show your support for your local community.

All images courtesy of We Heart It.

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West Coast Love: Mina + Olya

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I am in love with Mina + Olya, a San Francisco based sustainable fashion brand.  Their work is luxurious and sophisticated, which is exactly what the sustainable fashion market needs. They use the highest quality organic textiles made in mills that practice environmentally friendly techniques and all of their garments are created in the US.  Mina + Olya’s design aesthetic is a downtown girl with a bit of an edge and their pieces are easy-to-wear staples that will keep you feeling cool all season long. I pretty much want everything they currently have for sale and their Fall 2014 collection is amazing.

 Mina + Olya use their Iranian and Russian roots in subtle design elements. The result is a collection of well-made clothes that are not only fashion-forward but are made to last a lifetime. Taking care of the planet and looking great has never been easier.

 The images below are of their Spring 2013 collection which is currently for sale on their site.

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All images courtesy of Mina + Olya.

TGIF

This past week was filled with long hours and not enough sleep so I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend. Luckily, the sun is out and it helps make long days go by faster. Over the week, I’ve found some great new blogs and designers that I can’t wait to share with you in the upcoming week. With that said, I’ve complied a list of links of articles and blog posts that I can’t wait to explore. I hope you enjoy them as well. Have a wonderfully productive (or relaxing) weekend!

  • Need to take a weekend trip somewhere warm? Check out this guide to LA. (via The Coveteur)
  • I’m thinking about redoing my apartment in the near future so these tips for sustainable interior design will come in handy. (via Apartment Therapy)
  • This fashion editorial is a beautiful representation (and maybe somewhat stereotypical) of Portlanders. (via Marrow Mag)
  • These diary entries are amazing examples of the difficulties of growing up. ( via Rookie Mag)
  • A great guide to finding your signature style using spring trends. ( via Clementine Daily)
  • Ron Issac’s Trompe L’oeil painted constructions shows the beauty of melding fashion and nature together. (via I Need a Guide)

Embracing the Unexpected.

I wear black almost daily and I love it. I like the way black works with my skin color and hair. I like the way it wears so well in the city. Mostly, I like the way it can be worn in any fashion and with whatever accessories I feel drawn to that day. Sometimes I feel uninspired by it though. This feeling usually occurs on a spontaneous, albeit much needed, sunny day in Portland. I start to feel misplaced, like i showed up to the beach in a head to toe snow suit.  On these days I long for something clean, colorful, and easy-to-wear. I want to take advantage of what the bright skies have to offer. As Portlanders we treat unexpected sunny days as a second chance at a missed opportunity and blithely rush out into the streets to hang out with friends, take a walk around the park, or just plain sit in the sun.  So in honor of impromptu sunny days in April, I’ve included some items by sustainable designers that might help you embrace everything spring has to offer.

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