Our world, notorious for its negative impact on the environment and labour practices, is now rapidly evolving. Thanks to sustainable fashion, the concept of fashion is not just about looking good anymore and is now undergoing a remarkable makeover. The world is undergoing a transformative shift, and students are at the vanguard of this change. As students studying in India and abroad, you have the capacity to influence the future, and one way to accomplish that is through adopting sustainable fashion.
Before we dig into the latest trends and how you can be a part of this transformative movement, let’s first understand what sustainable fashion is.
The concept of sustainable fashion has emerged as a beacon of change. It is not a fleeting trend; it’s a holistic approach and a comprehensive strategy that encompasses every facet of the fashion lifecycle. It’s about more than just eco-friendly fabrics, covering everything from the very beginning of design and production to consumption. This movement aims to strike a balance between style and conscience, embracing clothing that safeguards the well-being of both people and the planet.
You too can contribute to reducing carbon emissions, minimizing landfill trash, and conserving resources. As the generation that will inherit the consequences of past decisions, you have both the responsibility and the opportunity to make a positive impact. By supporting sustainable practices, you’re contributing to a healthier environment. Many workers in the fashion industry face exploitation and hazardous working conditions. So indirectly, choosing sustainable fashion means you’re voting with your wallet. Not only indirectly, but directly, you can educate their peers, families, and communities about the advantages of sustainable fashion, spreading awareness and igniting change.
How do you do it, you ask?
- Upcycling and repurposing Making items out of old or abandoned garments into new creations is not just creative but also environmentally friendly. Say yes to thrifting! Instead of buying clothes for a single occasion, consider renting or borrowing. This approach is being used by several sites, including ‘Date the Ramp’ in India and many more around the globe.
- Embrace the philosophy of ‘less is more.’ A capsule wardrobe of versatile pieces reduces the need for excessive consumption. Get creative! Design your own clothing, customize existing pieces, and express your unique style while reducing dependency on mass-produced goods.
- Stay informed about the impact of the fashion industry, sustainable materials, ethical practices, and the significance of mindful consumption. Support Ethical brands, as your purchasing decisions send a powerful message to the industry.
- Social media is a great platform to command change and advocate for sustainable fashion, so why not utilize it to promote sustainable fashion awareness within your campus or community? As students, not only will you save money/resources, but you will also bring about a significant change in the fashion industry. You’re not just dressing for today; you’re dressing for a better tomorrow.
At UC, an Orange counselor is here to guide you not only with your course but also with what comes next. We believe in not just following a trend but in discovering your personal Ikigai — your true purpose in life. Check out this channel to find out more on such topics, and reach out to your Orange counselor today to uncover the path that resonates with your aspirations. Let’s embark on this transformative journey together.