Let making sustainable fashion choices be your goal for the year

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Here's an environmental cause we should all care more about:  Shopping sustainable style and ditching fast fashion by choosing clothing that will outlast temporary trends.

How? You may ask.

NPR recommends you try this simple test, ask yourself if you'd wear that item thirty times or more, known as the thirty wear test.

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As encouraged by thrift guru Symphony Clarke this simple yet effective shopping strategy will leave your wallet and broader environmental impact of fast fashion in a much more preferable position.

Symphony notes that a lot of her peers feel pressure to keep up with trends. Some even feel like they can't post a picture in the same outfit twice. "That's the lifespan of their clothing. Once a picture is taken, it's done," she says.

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Sustain Your Style also suggests:

  • You buy less.
  • Consciously shop from sustainable brands.
  • Buy second-hand swap or rent clothing.

Even the greenest of garments use resources for production and transportation to your wardrobe, creating environmental impact. Perhaps proceed to check your efforts rather than proceed to checkout.

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