Sustainable shopping know-hows

There’s a big movement for change in the world right now, with the protection of our planet and a focus on sustainability taking the forefront. So when it comes to shopping for clothes, it’s more important than ever to think about how we can be as sustainable as possible.

That’s why we’ve compiled our top tips for sustainable shopping, so you can make sure you’re in the know with what can be done. Because as much as the responsibility lies with brands to be conscious, sustainable and ethical, it also lies with shoppers who have an influence with how they spend. Read our sustainable shopping know-hows below.

Take a look at your shopping habits

This doesn’t just have to apply to clothes, but it’s a great place to start. Becoming conscious of your shopping habits can be the first step in addressing how you can improve. Simple things like thinking about where you purchase your clothes from, how often and what things you purchase can help you identify areas that need tweaking. Are they well thought out, essential items, or are they cheap items designed for just a couple of wears?

Be curious

Investigate the story behind the brands you’re purchasing from and don’t be afraid to be curious. What do they tell you about how their clothes are made, or the materials they use? Here at Lavender Hill Clothing, we endeavour to be transparent so you know exactly what goes into each garment and how that impacts our planet. We think it’s your right as a customer to know this - and our responsibility to use the best practices possible.

Look for sustainable fibres

That brings us to the next important point. Choosing natural, sustainable fibres like Modal, linen, organic cotton and cashmere means that you’re choosing fabrics that use much less water during production compared to their non-biodegradable counterparts (like nylon, polyester and viscose). These fabrics are also much less likely to have been treated with toxic chemicals which aren't healthy for our skin. Read more about the natural, planet-friendly fabrics we use in our products.

Buy items designed to last

This is an important one: buying an item that is designed to last is essential. We think it’s simply not worth spending your money on a garment that is going to fall apart after a couple of washes; this is also worse for the planet, too, as it creates more waste. Whether you create a capsule wardrobe with core pieces designed to last, or simply re-think where you buy your clothes, choosing not to purchase fast-fashion could be the real difference you make with your shopping habits.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

As a paying customer, you have every right to ask questions about production, delivery and materials. It’s all well and good to offer a range of sustainable clothes or to use solely sustainable fabrics, but if that approach to sustainability doesn’t extend to other impactful parts of the business - such as packaging, delivery or energy use - then it’s time to question how great the impact of the ‘sustainable’ part of the business really is - and we feel brands should give you answers. If you have any questions about Lavender Hill Clothing and how we work, explore our FAQs or contact us.

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