Well hello there. Now that the semester is finally cooling down and I have more time on my hands I figured I should get a lot more consistent on Cat Bar Fashion! Today I wanted to talk about something that is true to my own heart, sustainability.
This is so important because the fashion industry is super destructive starting with the factory and ending with the donations/trash. A lot of people don’t realize how much the apparel life cycle has sped up in recent years, season releases of clothing barely existing and turning into two week cycles. All due to consumers attention span. Which I blame on technology (whole other issue for another time).
While many of my friends love Forever 21, Zara, H&M among other fast fashion retailers (don’t get me wrong I own certain items there too!) they are SO awful on our environment. The speed and price of the clothing not only is bad on the environment, but also on the workers abroad who are forced under little pay to work even quicker just so we can buy a shirt we might wear once for 5 dollars. After we are over this one wear shirt we happily donate it thinking we are helping newly developing countries abroad when really all we are doing is making it almost impossible for local retailers to compete.
Anyways, it is a never ending cycle and I could go a lot more in depth than I did. However, I really just wanted to place the seed in your mind so you’re more thoughtful about your purchases and only buy things you love! Below I am going to list my favorite sustainable fashion brands. So we can keep the environment looking as beautiful as this picture I took in Switzerland last year!
Reformation is the go to place for cute every day wear. They pride themselves on their sustainability and ethical practices. Plus I just love their stuff! Think of it as a small donation to the future.
Patagonia is all about fixing products and not over consuming what you don’t actually need. Cough cough everyone including myself.
Girlfriend Collective makes their products at an ethical factory in Vietnam made of recycled plastic water bottles!! And I have multiple pairs because they feel nicer than my Lululemons!!! No joke.
Check out these sites and let me know what you think!
Love you all,