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    Ecology-Inspired Clothing Shopping Alternations: Tips.

    According to the United Nations Environment Programme, people today are buying 60% more clothes than they did 15 years ago, with those items being kept only half as long as they used to be.
    A messy closet full of clothes
    As both the UNEP and BBC note, a major reason for the transformation in our clothing shopping habits is the emergence of fast fashion. Fast fashion provides us with the opportunity to purchase affordable, trendy garments that we intend to wear only a few times and do not anticipate to be long-lasting. This shift in consumer behavior has been attributed to the convenience and accessibility of fast fashion.
    People at the mall with shopping bags
    Obviously, our consumption of so much clothes comes at a cost. Not only does a lot of the clothes (which many times contain synthetic materials) we get rid of end up in landfills, but the process of making it is also terrible for the environment as well — from water usage to the carbon emissions they create just to transport it into stores. This also not taking into account the workers who make the clothes that are often being exploited and work under less than ideal circumstances.
    A pile of clothes
    However, there is a rising trend on TikTok and other social media platforms where individuals are advocating for a more sustainable and mindful approach to fashion. They are not only highlighting the need to refrain from excessive clothing purchases that are destined to be discarded quickly, but also showcasing how they engage in sustainable shopping practices. With this in mind, I am curious to learn about your personal transformation in clothing shopping habits. What motivated you to make a change, and what new practices have you adopted?
    A phone with the TikTok app open
    Maybe like Jane Fonda, you have a huge wardrobe and realized you didn’t need to buy anything new. So you don’t have plans on buying any new clothing in the near future.
    Closeup of Jane Fonda
    Perhaps you’re just shopping “smart.” Buying well-made and timeless pieces that you know will last you a very, very long time. Or even buying from brands that are sustainable.
    A salesperson putting clothes on a shelf
    Or, perhaps you have a penchant for chic and fashion-forward style, and you love scouring thrift stores and second-hand marketplaces like eBay or Etsy. Not only does this allow you to find unique and cool pieces, but it also helps you save money in the process.
    A Goodwill store
    Or, perhaps you’re still shopping at fast fashion brands and lower cost stores but have changed how you shop them. Buying a lot less clothes that you don’t need, or buying stuff that is better made that you plan to keep longer.
    A man browsing the racks at a clothing store
    So tell us what changes you’ve made when it comes to clothes shopping to be more sustainable in the comments below, or submit anonymously using this form for a chance to be featured in a BuzzFeed Community post.

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