A big part of having a more conscious wardrobe is loving the clothes you already have. With so many garments in the world (more than 80 billion new items of clothing bought each year) it’s incredibly wasteful and damaging to always be buying new clothes. The glamourization of shopping hauls and new purchases is everywhere but in reality our favourite pieces are often so much more special than anything new. Loving and appreciating our clothes not only makes us happier with our wardrobes but it means we shop more consciously and buy less things we don’t need.
The sun is bright and the flowers are blooming- I’m so excited it’s spring! Last year we had a pretty cold and rainy spring but this year looks like it’s going to be beautiful. I planned this capsule optimistic about good weather but also have options for the cooler days which will likely happen.
Unfortunately there wasn’t time to film outfits for this video, but I might try to do a lookbook or I’ve been thinking of doing the 10×10 challenge again. If you’re interested in either of those, please comment on the video and let me know! :)
Blue backpack – Matt & Nat – I used to support them but recently was very disappointed to learn of their extensive use of PVC (a very unsustainable vegan material) instead of PU which I thought they used. I’ve also emailed them and reached out through social media to learn more about their manufacturing and never got a proper response. I’ve removed them from my brand directory and in the future will try to find other options. I hope they will improve this though and become more transparent because they do make some lovely, high-quality bags and I would like to support them. :(
In total there are 31 pieces, plus I will be adding the skirt when it arrives. I also might add my second pair of jeans if the weather happens to cool down, but trying to be optimistic! The transitional seasons (fall & spring) I find can be tricky because in Cologne it’s difficult to predict what the weather will be like so I aim to have lots of layering options.
If you don’t know I generally follow Project 333 guidelines, but I don’t include jewellery or belts. Also as per the guidelines underwear, sleep and lounge clothes, and athletic clothing are not counted.
Hope you have a lovely spring! xx
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Spring is here! I’m still using my winter capsule wardrobe and I’ve been repeating this outfit so much. It not only is super comfortable but still looks put together and is perfect for the current weather.
This Kowtow tee dress is my favourite piece. Made from fair trade organic cotton, it’s so soft and comfortable – like wearing pajamas :)
Fashion Revolution week is coming up (April 24th-30th) and each year to spread awareness of ethical fashion and thinking more about our clothing purchases I like to participate in their Haulternative campaign. This year I want to feature clothing “love stories”, from you!!
The Love Story Challenge encourages people to love the clothing they have. We don’t always need new things and the clothes we already own are often more special than anything new!
I’d love for you to join this collaborative project of clothing stories from around the world- videos will be compiled together in a collection of stories and featured on My Green Closet during Fashion Revolution Week.
How to participate:
Film a video showing and talking about an item of clothing that is special to you- What is it? What do you love about it? Any special stories/experiences you’ve had wearing it?
The video can be filmed any way you like: on your phone, camera, take photos and do a voice-over, stop motion, illustration, etc. Feel free to get creative with it! Videos should be around 1 min (no longer than 2 mins please) and start with introducing yourself (first name and where you’re from).
Send in your video by April 10th. Preferably by uploading an unlisted video to YouTube and sending me the link through the form below.
You can also add your video to the My Green Closet Facebook Group or post your video to Twitter or Instagram using #MyGreenCloset and send the link to your post (this way is least preferred though due to video quality).
I will try to include as many videos as possible but it will depend on the number of submissions, so I can’t guarantee your video will make it in.
Also have to say that any content which is not “family friendly” (swearing, nudity, etc.) will not be included, and by submitting your video you are agreeing to participate in this collaborative video project and cannot retract your video or claim ownership/copyright of the final product.
If you have any questions about this project feel free to contact me.
A member of the Fair Trade Federation, Raven + Lily employs women artisans around the world to make their clothes, jewellery, bags, and home goods.
“We currently help employ over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages in safe environments with sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.”
Working with artisan cooperatives Mata Traders produces a clothing collection made from handmade textiles (including a few plus size options) as well as jewellery.
“Mata Traders partners with several fair trade organizations in India and Nepal that train and employ hundreds of artisans in marginalized communities, with a focus on gender equity and empowering women. This is what we love about working with them.”
Fair trade brand Passion Lilie works with artisans in India using traditional dyeing (including some natural dyes!) and weaving techniques
“We are committed to providing fair wages and working with organizations that provide safe and healthy working conditions, low cost or free on the job training, time off for education, loans and financial advising, opportunities for health care and most importantly a positive and uplifting working environment.”
Sudara is the creator of “Punjammies”- loungewear made by women who have left or are looking for alternative employment to the sex trade.
“We are passionate about India- where some of the highest estimates of slavery and sex-trafficking anywhere in the world are reported. And while it may seem overwhelming, we are hopeful because we are seeing how safe, sustainable jobs are making a way for women to make their way out of the sex trade- or altogether avoid it.”
Happy women’s day!
Looking for more brands? Check out my sustainable/ethical shopping guide!
In January I traveled to Berlin to attend the Ethical Fashion Show and GreenShowroom and while I was there had some time to also check out some eco fashion stores and vegan restaurants in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg area.
We stayed at a “biohotel” called the Almodóvar which incorporates sustainability in so much of what they do. For example they have organic foods and textiles, use sustainable and reclaimed materials, and are conscious of their energy use and try to reduce it where possible- something I didn’t even think about before staying there was the energy it takes to have mini-fridges in hotel rooms. It’s a lovely hotel and I particularly liked all the wooden furniture- from sustainable forests!
Berlin is amazing for vegan restaurants, we really enjoyed The Bowl, 1990 Vegan Living and brunch at Lück’s, and had some amazing donuts from Brammibal’s. The hotel also has an organic vegan/vegetarian restaurant with a nice breakfast buffet.
There also are a lot of sustainable fashion stores in Berlin too, on this trip I visited Möon, Loveco, and Homage which are all beautiful shops carrying amazing eco brands and local designers!
Also not included in the video I went to the huge Humana thrift store in Friedrichshain and Made In Berlin which has a great selection of vintage clothes.
These are only a few of the stores and restaurants in Berlin though, you can always find wonderful places exploring the city. It’s also a really sustainably conscious city and a great place to eat out as a vegan or shop consciously.
In January I took a trip to Berlin to attend the Ethical Fashion Show and GreenShowroom– a joint trade fair where conscious brands sell their new collections (in this case F/W 17) to retailers. It was wonderful to see and chat with so many sustainable and ethically-minded brands! These are some interviews I did with a small % of the brands (I think there were around 180 total exhibitors!).
I loved hearing everyone’s stories and seeing all the different approaches to responsible fashion- from brand new, innovative ideas to using techniques that are thousands of years old!
What really stood out to me was how passionate everyone is about what they’re doing, it’s incredibly inspiring to see so many people who are working towards a better industry even though they face a lot of challenges. I wanted to focus on more positive stories with these videos but I also chatted about how difficult things can be. In particular people talked about how there’s pressure to lower their prices and also a lot of stigmas around sustainable/ethical fashion- some buyers avoid the event entirely and apparently stores are sometimes wary of being labeled an “eco fashion store” because of consumer perceptions. Conscious fashion has come a long way and is definitely growing but it also reinforced that there’s still a long way to go.
Winter is my largest capsule as I wear the most layers. This capsule includes 33 pieces but I did not include my winter coat, I also realized I did not count the belt shown in the video- so with those the capsule would be 35 items. I don’t include jewellery, loungewear, athletic clothes, or undergarments in my capsule wardrobes.
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