The considerable environmental impacts of the fashion industry are well-documented by now, and fairly simple to understand: We manufacture a shocking amount of clothing, wear it relatively little, and then throw it into a landfill. As calls for climate action get louder, the idea of “sustainable fashion” has gone more or less mainstream. But what constitutes a more planet-friendly wardrobe is muddled, obscured by a lot of uncertainty, bad information, and straight-up greenwashing.
To that end, we compiled this guide to more deeply explore the most reliable wisdom we can offer: buy little new, plenty used, wear it a lot, and care for it well. The pieces below are meant to serve as inspiration as opposed to a set of instructions, because why take the joy and creativity out of dressing yourself and your family?
Modern mending doesn’t attempt to hide itself — to the contrary.
Whether resale benefits the planet will depend on if it actually offsets consumption, or promotes it.