Celebrating Earth Day with 4 Key Steps To More Sustainable Shopping

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and I think this year it may be on everyone’s mind even more than usual. It’s hard to ignore the positive impact the stay-at-home order has had on the environment across the globe and it’s a real eye opener how small changes can really add up to huge changes environmentally and globally. I want to highlight some of the easiest ways to make sustainability part of your mindset and make more earth friendly choices when you are shopping. Many of these options have the added benefit of being great for your pocket book as well! Win-win, am I right?

1. Become a Member of Wardrobe Rental Services

I am a die hard fan of the rental wardrobe services for many reasons. First, you have an ever changing cycle of clothes which you can tailor to the season, vacation, weather, or event you have on your particular calendar and when you are done with something or bored of it, just send it back for something new. I’ve tried a lot of these services and for me, I’ve found the ones that work best for me are the ones where I can choose for myself what I want from an online closet, where I can purchase pieces I’ve become attached to, where there are a lot of reviews from users for me to see how a particular piece fits and whether it’s worth ordering, and a closet of options big enough that I can find new items every time I look. My favorites right now are Rent the Runway for workwear, high end brands, and special event dresses. I have an unlimited membership so I can rent as many items each month as I want, up to 4 at a time. I also love my FashionPass membership. This service tends to be more casual wear and mid-range brands with trendier pieces and the difference is I have to send all the items I rented back at one time. Both work well for me, especially since I attend a lot of events and shoot a lot for the blog so I like to have new clothing rotating through my closet on a regular basis. My daughter, who is 22, loves her membership with Nuuly, this service is all clothing from the retailers Urban Outfitters, Free People, and Anthropologie.

The takeaway – After a year with Rent the Runway, they sent me an “end of the year review” and let me know I had rented over $22,000 worth of clothes from them during the previous 12 months! That’s a lot of money saved plus a lot of clothing being shared, having a much longer life and using less resources than if each person purchased their own. The white top in these pictures is from FashionPass (similar piece here). I loved it so much after renting it that I ended up keeping it and I got 30% off the price for keeping it!

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2. Shop Consignment

Whenever I fall in love with a particular designer piece, I always check the top consignment sites first to see if they have it for resale. That’s on me being budget conscious- I know I can often find it discounted and still brand new with tags or barely used. But this is also a great way to shop sustainably. Buying something that has already been manufactured, shipped, marketed and sold once saves the entire process and lets the object have a new life, whether that’s a designer belt or a thrifted pair of jeans. My favorite sites to shop vintage and consignment are The Real Real (all hail the queen), On Que Style (this is a local OC boutique but their website ships globally and they stock all the top designers), 1st Dibs, and One Kings Lane (both of these are sites people associate with antiques and art, but they both carry a wide selection of designer accessories). The Louis Vuitton Epi Twist bag I am carrying here is a special edition and you would only be able to find it resale. I’ve linked three similar pieces for you: 1 // 2 // 3

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The gold Valentino rockstud shoes are also no longer available, but here is a very similar pair, and I have also seen them resale for quite a bit less here.

3. Support Sustainable Brands

I am so excited to see brands are taking sustainability seriously and really paying attention to their impact on the environment. Some new brands are made 100% from upcycled or recycled materials and I think that is an amazing new trend. Some of the ones I have my eye on are: Bethany Williams which is a 100% sustainable UK brand and winner of Queen Elizabeth II award (read more about the designer here),  Reformation (their app explains their commitment to sustainability even in their packaging and it’s pretty remarkable),  The R Collective (using waste from other designers and donating a portion of profits to charity- hell yes), ASOS Reclaimed Vintage (I already love ASOS for being on trend and affordable so you know I will love that they use vintage fabrics and denim in this line), and Peony (using old fishing nets and recycled polyester to make swimsuits is genius level).  I also love brands who are made to order which eliminated the waste of unsold merchandise that clogs up landfills (fast fashion waste is a HUGE problem). That’s one of the reasons I am always singing the praises of Amazon’s The Drop. It’s a big platform and all made to order so zero waste. My white trousers here are from Amazon’s The Drop, I also have them in black. They are tapered and fit like a dream, super well made and no show through for only $49!

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4. Utilize Curbside Pickup

If you’re concerned about packaging and emissions from shipping, many brick and mortar stores are now doing curbside pickup and once life gets back to normal, you can often shop online and pick up in store. I know right now brands like Macy’s and Nordstroms are offering shop online and pick up contactless curbside. This cuts down on packaging and carbon emissions.

What are your favorite ways to support our economy AND the environment as we move forward? I would love to hear your suggestions.

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