Yana here - TAMGA's co-founder! Over the holidays I took the opportunity to slow down and reflect on the past year. 2022 was filled with so much growth and change (both personally and professionally), and it got me thinking about how I can make more sustainable choices and habits that are better for the planet in 2023.
So instead of the cliche ‘new year, new me’ - why don’t we make it ‘new year, a more sustainable me’? After all, you don’t need to completely re-invent yourself to lessen your impact on our planet! To help you get started, I’ve put together some of my top sustainable wardrobe tips! And remember, it’s not about perfection, it’s about making better choices (one at a time!).
Yana’s ’Eco Me In 23’ Tips
1. BUY LESS, CHOOSE BETTER
Try limiting the total number of clothes you buy this year (even if it’s second-hand!). A good start is to estimate how many pieces of clothing you purchased last year and cut it by half. Use that number as your 2023 goal – break it down into 12 months and you’ll have a rough clothing ‘budget’ to work with. This is much less about hitting a specific number, and more about evaluating every purchase that you make. When you buy something new within that number, choose a high-quality, well-made garment, and it will be well-loved for years to come. At the end of the year, you’ll be able to prove that you bought less, and what you did buy will have much more meaning!
2. REPAIR WHAT YOU WEAR
Worn-out clothes are loved clothes! I’m talking about that white tee with coffee stains, a floral dress with a hole in the back, and those vintage jeans that stretched out over time. Mending and repairing your favourite pieces is not only easy, but it will bring them back to the forefront of your wardrobe!
3. KEEP LEARNING
Whether you’re newbie to sustainable fashion or you’re a long- standing eco-warrior, the learning never stops! A good place to start is by picking up some books, listening to podcasts, watching documentaries and googling your questions. The more helpful information we have to understand the inner workings of the fashion industry, the more sustainable choices we can start making.