But when it comes to clothes, there are always some sustainable fashion choices you can make in Singapore to avoid being part of the “throw away” culture.
Whether you’re looking for a new party dress for the year-end festivities or trying to revamp your entire wardrobe for the new year, here’s how you can change the fashion industry into one that values the environment and people.
Before you throw out your clothes because of a stain or a tear, find out how you can repair those boo-boos to make them look brand new. Sometimes all it takes a stitch or strong detergent to save it from the dumpster.
Need a little help? Reach out to Green Issues by Agy for tips on repairing, repurposing and upcycling techniques. If you need some alteration for your high fashion collection, send them to Haute Alteration Initiative to make them fit well.
NEXT: Upcycle current clothes →
If the damage is unrepairable, it’s still not an excuse to trash it. Your existing garments can be upcycled into something fabulous and unique if you put some work into it.
Not sure how to go about designing and sewing your creations? Head to Fashion Makerspace to pick up some nifty DIY and dressmaking skills. For professional fashion training programmes, check out the TaF.tc (The Academy of Fashion Professions).
NEXT: Know your brands →
Does your favourite retailer engage in fair-trade or organic methods? Are they responsible employers? It helps to be curious about your clothes and be aware of how they were made and who made them.
Local fashion brand Etrican‘s (pictured) line of clothes for women and kids are made from organic cotton; try Straits of Asia for bespoke shirts and suits, and Taikensonzai for soft accessories made with zero-waste techniques and upcycled materials.
To find out more about the pressing issues surrounding the fashion and textile industry, visit Redress.
NEXT: Buy only what you need →
We all have a regretful purchase (or two) lurking at the back of the cupboard.
Sometimes a bargain is not a good reason to get something. Invest in your clothes and make careful selections instead of jumping on impulsive cheap buys.
Buying less also means clutter at home!
NEXT: Buy pre-loved items →
Did you know some of the clothes we throw out are in perfectly good condition? There’s nothing wrong with prolonging the life of these threads by buying pre-loved stuff. Pop over to these thrift stores to see if they have what you’re looking for:
If you want to buy second-hand designer clothing (pictured), shoes, handbags, accessories, and jewelry, StyleTribute is a great luxury marketplace dedicated to pre-owned authentic designer fashion.
NEXT: Join clothes swaps →
Better yet, don’t buy anything! Swopping is the new shopping. Exchange your unwanted items for something “new” for your wardrobe. Check out the swaps organised by Connected Threads Asia and Fashion Revolution Singapore.
If you’re looking to give your clothes away, join the Singapore Freecycle Network or take part in the Singapore Really Really Free Market. And find out how you can pass on your used stuff to new owners in Singapore here.
NEXT: Learn how to fix →
For more info on how you can contribute to a socially and environmentally responsible fashion industry, check out Fashion Revolution.
By Muneerah Bee, December 2016
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