The Ultimate Guide to Shop Sustainably in 2023 - Clear Givings Market Sustainable Wardrobe

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The Ultimate Guide to Shop Sustainably in 2023: Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Brands

As we begin the New Year, it is always good to evaluate our life and think of ways to better ourselves throughout year. A New Year is a fresh start and an opportunity to spread the good news by resolving to break old habits and form new ones or set goals for ourselves. Things like exercising and eating healthier are often at the top of our New Year’s resolutions, and those are good things, but what if we set our sights on a more global goal this year? By incorporating sustainable, eco-friendly practices into our daily lives, we can positively impact the environment, bringing us all one step closer to combating climate change. It sounds easy, but we know it can be challenging to transition into an eco-friendly lifestyle. Environmentally harmful products are so cheap and convenient that it can be difficult to cut them out of our lives. Don’t worry; we’re here to help. Here are five tips for shopping sustainably in 2023:

the ultimate guide to shop sustainably in 2021

What is green fashion?

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Green fashion is sustainable, eco-friendly fashion. It is made from sustainable materials that have a low impact on the environment.

How to be sustainable?

To be sustainable, you need to shop for clothing that will last, is made from sustainable materials, and is produced in a way that doesn't harm the environment.

What is sustainable shopping?

Sustainable shopping is the act of making choices that take into account the environmental and social impact of the product or service. It includes considering factors such as the origin of materials, how the item was produced, and whether the company that made it operates ethically.

When you shop for sustainable products, you look for things made from recycled or repurposed materials. This means that the product has a smaller environmental impact because it doesn't require new resources to be extracted from the earth.

Sustainable shopping is good for the environment and can also save you money in the long run. However, it's important to remember that not all sustainable products are created equal. Some may have a larger carbon footprint than others, so it's essential to do your research before you buy.

Here at Clear Givings, we make it easy for you to find the most sustainable products on the market.

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Eco guide for sustainable shopping:

1. Use Reusable Shopping Bags:

Reusable shopping bags are an excellent way to reduce your reliance on disposable plastic bags. Not only are they better for the environment, but they can also help you save money in the long run.

There are many different types of reusable shopping bags available on the market, from simple cotton totes to insulated cooler bags. When choosing a reusable bag, it's important to consider what type of items you'll be carrying in it and how often you'll be using it.

For example, if you're looking for a bag to use on a daily basis, something lightweight and durable like a nylon or polyester tote would be a good choice. On the other hand, if you're looking for a bag to use for occasional trips to the beach or pool, an insulated cooler bag would be more suitable. No matter what type of reusable shopping bag you choose, make sure to wash it regularly to keep it clean and fresh.

2. Look for sustainable things made from recycled or repurposed materials

Sometimes we have to buy paper products-unavoidable- but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be conscious consumers. When purchasing paper towels, tissues, or toilet paper, look for an all-natural brand that uses recycled or repurposed materials. Because paper can only be recycled so often, it cannot be easy to find 100% recycled paper. However, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has developed a certification process for wood-based products to ensure they are made with sustainability in mind. If a company has been certified by the FSC, it’ll bear an FSC label such as this one:

FSC Certification Process for wood-based products

We offer a wide variety of sustainable products made from recycled or repurposed materials. From sustainable furniture to eco-friendly home decor, we have something for everyone. Our sustainable products are made from environmentally friendly materials designed to last. We also offer a wide variety of sustainable beverage items.

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3. Invest in quality clothing fashion brands rather than fast fashion

Everyone loves a bargain, but often, we aren’t getting the good deal we think we are. Consumerism in America has become a cycle of “make cheaply, sell cheaply, buy cheaply,” which sounds good on the surface, but when things are cheaply made, they don’t last. We think we’re saving money by buying something cheap, but soon it breaks down or deteriorates, and then we throw it away and start the process over again. Let’s take a cheaply made pair of pants, for example. The pants are cheaply made, so that the store can sell them for a low price. I believe I’m getting a bargain, so I buy the pants. Unfortunately, I wear them for a few months, and they quickly deteriorate and wear through and tear. They are no longer wearable, and I don’t know how to sew, so I throw them away rather than donating them or repurposing them. They then end up in a landfill, and I end up back in the store buying another pair of cheap pants. If I had done some research and invested in a quality made pair of pants instead of buying cheap pants, I wouldn’t have had to return to the store a few weeks later. Yes, quality clothing costs more, but if you can wear them for longer, it ultimately saves you money and keeps clothing out of landfill.

Brands that focus on quality over quantity:

The best way to shop for eco-friendly products is by looking for sustainable and environmentally responsible brands. There are many ways to identify these brands, but some key things to look for include certified organic ingredients, recycled materials, and fair labor practices. It is also important to consider the entire lifecycle of a product when shopping sustainably, from the sourcing of materials to the end of its life cycle.

Many clothing fashion brands are sustainable and focused on quality rather than fast fashion. As a result, these brands produce clothes that last longer, look better, and feel more comfortable. They also often use eco-friendly materials and production methods.

Clear Givings market offers a wide variety of clothing for both men and women, including shirts, pants, jackets, shoes, and more.

When shopping for sustainable clothing brands, it is essential to consider the materials used and how they're sourced, the production methods employed, and the company's overall sustainability practices. Look for brands that use recycled or sustainable materials like bamboo, hemp, or organic. In addition, it would be best to look for fair trade certification and third-party accreditation from organizations like World Fair Trade Organization, Fair For Life, or Fair Trade USA.

4. Research the products and companies you buy from

In the digital age, it is easier to research and know exactly where the things we buy come from. We may be inclined to think that sweatshops and child labor are a thing of the past. However, the reality is that inhumane work practices still exist and thrive today both globally and in the U.S. Many immigrants, farmers, factory and storehouse workers are still underpaid and mistreated in the U.S. Products made overseas and sold by large corporations are often unregulated or are knowingly made by sweatshops and child labor but swept under the rug. It is easy for us to go into a clean, big-name retailer and buy everything we need, and we let the convenience of it and the appearance of good convince us there’s nothing wrong. We don’t want to think that our products were likely made by someone who was not fairly paid for their labor or was otherwise mistreated in the process. It’s uncomfortable, and I understand, but the reality doesn’t change just because we don’t want to think about it. In the New Year, it is crucially important that we do our research and invest in fair trade companies that use ethical business practices.

Regarding the products we buy, it's essential to research and know where they come from and how sustainable they are. But unfortunately, not all companies are created equal when it comes to sustainability.

That's why, at Clear Givings, we believe in doing the hard work for you by vetting out which companies are truly committed to sustainable practices. We also provide tips on how YOU can make more sustainable choices in your everyday life.

From food to fashion, home goods to beauty products, we've got you covered when making more sustainable choices for the things you love. So visit Clear Givings Market today and start shopping smarter for a better tomorrow!

5. Reuse and repurpose before you throw away

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Very little in our lives that cannot be reused before it is thrown away. If you’re like me and you aren’t a very crafty person, it may be hard to see it right away, but that’s why we have sites like Pinterest. The amount of ways brilliant people on the internet have learned to repurpose household objects never ceases to amaze me. For example, did you know that if you have a candle in a jar that is mostly burnt out, you can put it in the freezer, and then the remaining wax will retract and come out easily, leaving you with a cute, decorative jar? Because I didn’t until I joined Pinterest! Taking the time to repurpose things around the house will not only keep objects from needlessly going into the landfill but also save you money and reduce clutter!

 6. Be intentional with your purchases

In America, we tend to subscribe to the Ariana Grande mentality of “I want it, I got it,” and while that’s all well and good for selling albums, our unnecessary purchases are often just that: things we don’t need. When we impulse buy, several things can happen: 1. We don’t research the company we’re buying from. 2. We don’t consider whether or not the item we’re purchasing will be useful to us. 3. We don’t consider the longevity of the item or whether or not it can later be repurposed. Now, I’m not saying we can never buy anything; I am simply suggesting that we could all stand to be a little more thoughtful in our buying habits in the upcoming year.

7. Shop for fashionable and sustainable clothing options that don't use harmful chemicals in their production.

You'll find various casual, formal, and activewear options from brands committed to using sustainable methods that don't harm the environment or the people who work in their factories. Choose from tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, and more from brands like Yoga Democracy, Coalatree, BOLD Swim, Leena & Lu, Brave Soles, and others on the Clear Givings Market site.

Sustainability is essential for the environment and your wardrobe:

As the world becomes more aware of the importance of sustainability, many fashion brands are beginning to adopt sustainable practices. These brands are sustainably leading the way from using recycled materials to investing in renewable energy.

When shopping for sustainable fashion, look for brands that use recycled or upcycled materials, support fair labor practices, and commit to environmental sustainability. Brands like Patagonia, Reformation, and Eileen Fisher are great places to start your sustainable fashion journey.

When shopping sustainably, you can feel good about your purchase, knowing that you are supporting a brand that positively impacts the environment. You can also be sure that your clothes will last longer, as sustainable brands often use higher-quality materials and construction methods.

How to shop for eco-friendly products:

The best way to shop for eco-friendly products is by looking for sustainable and environmentally responsible brands. There are many ways to identify these brands, but some key things to look for include certified organic ingredients, recycled materials, and fair labor practices. It is also important to consider the entire lifecycle of a product when shopping sustainably, from the sourcing of materials to the end of its life cycle.

When shopping for clothing, it is vital to consider the materials used and how they were sourced. Look for brands that use recycled or sustainable materials like bamboo, hemp, or organic.

What is the problem of the current fashion industry when it comes to sustainable style clothes?

There are several problems with the fashion industry when it comes to sustainable style clothes. One issue is the high rate of fast fashion, which refers to the rapid production of cheap, trendy clothing that is designed to be worn a few times and then discarded. This model of production is not sustainable, as it relies on the constant creation of new styles and the disposal of old ones, leading to a significant amount of textile waste.

Another problem is the environmental impact of clothing production. The fashion industry is a major contributor to climate change, due to the energy and resources required to grow, process, and transport textiles. It is also a major user of water, and the chemicals used in the production of clothing can have negative impacts on local ecosystems.

Finally, there are labor issues in the fashion industry. Many clothing companies outsource production to developing countries, where labor standards and worker protections may not be as strong as in developed countries. This can lead to poor working conditions and low wages for workers in these countries.

What is the carbon footprint? In what ways does it impact nature?

A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact that an individual or organization has on the environment in terms of the number of greenhouse gases produced, specifically carbon dioxide. Greenhouse gases trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere, and the increase in their concentration due to human activity is a major contributor to climate change.

There are many ways that an individual or organization's carbon footprint can impact the environment. For example, burning fossil fuels for transportation or electricity generation releases large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Deforestation and land use changes, such as converting land for agriculture or urban development, also contribute to carbon dioxide emissions.

The impact of a carbon footprint can be felt locally and globally. At a local level, the burning of fossil fuels can contribute to air pollution, which can have negative impacts on human health. At a global level, climate change caused by an increase in greenhouse gases can lead to more frequent and severe extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, droughts, and storms, as well as sea level rise and changes in precipitation patterns.

Sustainability is important to us at Clear Givings Market.

With so many choices in the world of fashion, it can be hard to know where to start when shopping sustainably. But don't worry; Clear Givings Market is here to help! Our selection of sustainable fashion brands offers something for everyone, whether you're looking for casualwear, formalwear, or anything in between.

So what are you waiting for? Shop sustainably today and feel good about your purchases tomorrow!

Have you started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions yet? How do you plan to be more sustainable in 2021? Let us know! We'd love to hear from you.

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