In today’s edition of Tatler Collabs: Tatler Indonesia x Nicoline Patricia Malina, I would like to share with you five tips to help make your wardrobe eco-friendlier and more sustainable.
1/5 Capsule wardrobe
I find that having more garments in my closet makes me more anxious in the morning when I’m trying to get ready. Who has time to stand in front of her wardrobe every morning and worry about putting an outfit together? So I’ve curated my closet and now stick with important pieces that I know are timeless, easy to mix and match, functional and stylish.
Simple changes in the way you wear, wash and care for your clothing can make a huge difference to the environment as well as making sure your garments last as long as possible. One of the simplest ways to minimise the impact (and to prolong the lifespan of your clothes) is to machine-wash clothes in cold water and use non-petroleum, eco-friendly soaps.
Don’t just throw away clothes at the first sign of a rip or tear. Repairing torn seams and hems is easy to do by hand. Have a trusted seamstress or tailor repair or alter your clothes. A lower-price product can also look more stylish and expensive than a pricier one if it fits you perfectly. Also, by keeping your clothes just nine extra months means you can reduce related carbon, waste and water footprints by 20-30 per cent per item.
4/5 Be conscious when shopping
Every woman needs to shop. It’s a stress releaser and is good for your mental health. However, you can be more conscious and wiser about your purchases. Start by saying no to disposable fashion made with lower-quality manufacturing and unsustainable fabrics. Think about creating a long-term relationship with your closet and consider every clothing purchase as something that you want to live with for a long time.
5/5 Think before buying
The next time you go shopping, make sure that you ask yourself these four questions: “Do I like it?”, “Can I afford it?”, “Does it look good on me?” and “Is it sustainable?” Check the fabric composition label inside the garment and, if possible, learn about the brand and whether it is dedicated to sustainability and ethical fashion. Better yet: buy vintage pieces or good-quality secondhand items. Don’t fall for trendy pieces that will only show up once or twice on your Instagram—when you’re done with them, those things might just add to a landfill site somewhere.