You can start your ethical and sustainable wardrobe right now without spending anything. Hi everyone, welcome to My Green Closet So if you started to learn about the horrible ethical and sustainable issues with fashion You've probably felt the desire to have a wardrobe that is sweatshop free and eco-friendly But how do you get there? Everyone who switches from fast to slow fashion gets sticker shock, and the process of researching and finding brands that are your style and reflect your values can be daunting and overwhelming. Conscious wardrobe conversations usually revolve around shopping and where you can buy a sustainable or ethical whatever and what brands are doing cool things in the industry. And while this is important, a major part of having a more responsible wardrobe is simply buying less, wasting less, and slowing down your consumption. I often get the question: "Do I need to get rid of all of my fast fashion clothes and replace them with ethical brands?" And my answer is always no. It not only is really expensive to do this, but it's not sustainable. It adds to the crazy amount of textile waste and uses a lot of resources to make all these new clothes. The best thing you can do is to use what you already have Making the decision to not buy something is the first and I think the most important step to a conscious closet. When your pieces need replacing you can then look into ethical brands or better yet shop second-hand. I have a video more about shopping for affordable ethical fashion which I will link up in the cards if you want to check that out. Don't feel guilty about fast fashion or unethical brands in your closet. I still have favourite pieces from before I started shopping consciously. It's not the labels in your wardrobe that determine if it's ethical and sustainable, it's how you consume. So things like taking time to think about purchases, prioritizing quality and longevity or caring for your clothes so they last. I also have no issues with buying fast fashion secondhand, although I do have a few caveats, which I talk more about in this video. You can make the decision right now to start having a more ethical and sustainable wardrobe without buying anything. It's not as glamorous or Instagrammable as a new eco fashion purchase, but it's arguably more important and should be celebrated. So I'd love to hear in the comments about something you were tempted to buy but decided not to Because these kinds of mindful choices are going to help shape and slow down the fashion industry. While it's really great to share ethical and sustainable fashion and some of the amazing brands in this space It's important to also remember that the root of a lot of issues in fashion actually comes from the incredible rate of consumption and disposal of clothing. So it doesn't matter how fairly made or eco-friendly something is if it's worn twice and thrown away and that's why even with these social and environmental responsibility initiatives from fast-fashion brands The main issue is still not being addressed, which is that the fast fashion business model itself is unsustainable. But this is probably a topic for another video. Anyways, thank you for watching and thank you so much to those are you supporting me on Patreon and I'll see you in the next one.