Tips on Making The Most Sustainable Fashion Choices

In recent years, the fashion industry has undergone a transformation driven by the growing awareness of sustainability. Consumers are now turning their attention to the clothes they wear, opting for sustainable alternatives and seeking to create their own clothing. 

This shift in consumers’ mindsets has mostly stemmed from the effects of fast fashion that has changed the industry. Although fast fashion has risen, new sustainable choices of fabrics and sustainable processes provide hope for a more sustainable future.

This blog will outline key tips for making sustainable choices when sewing and consuming fashion. 

Sustainable Choices:

Utilising natural fibres like cotton, hemp, and linen, along with innovative fabrics, offers a greener alternative to traditional synthetics. By prioritising durability and longevity, you can reduce your environmental footprint and contribute to a healthier planet.

It’s not just about what you wear; it’s about understanding the lifecycle of your garments and investing in quality pieces that stand the test of time.

Certifications:

Certifications play a pivotal role in guiding consumers towards eco-friendly fabrics. Recognisable labels such as GOTS, BCI, GRS, and Fairtrade ensure that products meet sustainability criteria. Providing you with assurance and transparency in your purchasing decisions. 

For those looking for guidance on these certifications, my latest blog series offers valuable insights into understanding the certifications.

Upcycling:

Upcycling old garments presents another avenue for reducing waste and fostering sustainability. By giving discarded fabrics a new lease on life, you can minimise your carbon footprint while becoming creative.

This can be done by repurposing old clothes and creating a new design. For example, utilising fabric scraps to form a whole new fabric i.e. patchwork. These ideas give your old clothes and excess fabric an extended life.

Investing in deadstock and organic fabrics is a way of efficiently upcycling fabrics as, every decision counts in building a more sustainable future.

Our Purchasing Behaviours:

As we move towards a more sustainable fashion landscape, it is important to recognise the power of our individual choices. We can collectively work towards a cleaner, greener future by prioritising sustainability in our purchasing decisions and implementing eco-friendly practices.

Only Buying What You Need:

When buying fabrics, make sure to check the suggested material amount needed. As this will reduce excess waste. Further, utilising offcuts and trimmings for filling or a patchwork piece is an inventive way to upcycle fabrics. 

Our Sustainable Focus:

Bobbins and Buttons offer a range of sustainable fabrics including organic, recycled, and responsibly manufactured materials. This sets us apart from competitors, as each fabric is chosen with an environmental focus. 

Not only this, but Bobbins & Buttons provides a wide range of finishes and designs to suit your needs. Additionally, if you are looking for inspiration for your next project, we offer PDF and paper patterns

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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