There is a lot of discussion these days about sustainability and wanting versus needing clothing. To be sustainable, an item must be able to be used over and over again without damaging the environment. This can include clothing made from natural materials that biodegrade, or it can refer to clothing that is produced using ethical methods that do not exploit workers or damage the environment.
The latter is what we mean when we talk about slow fashion. Need based clothing is an approach to fashion that puts people and the planet before profits. It is about creating high-quality items that will last for years, rather than disposable fast fashion items that fall apart after just a few wears.
There are many benefits to slow fashion, but here are just a few:
1) Need based slow fashion supports fair wages and good working conditions for workers in the garment industry.
2) Need based slow fashion helps to preserve traditional craftsmanship techniques that are often lost in the mass production of fast fashion garments.
3) Need based slow fashion minimizes textile waste and pollution caused by the garment industry.
4) Need based slow fashion leads to fewer clothes ending up in landfill sites or being incinerated.
When you buy slow fashion and need based clothing, you are voting with your wallet for a fairer, more sustainable world. You are also investing in pieces that will stand the test of time, both in terms of quality and style. In a world where so much focus is on consumption, slow fashion allows you to consume mindfully and with intention.
Be mindful, invest in need based slow!