With Fashion Revolution Week on the horizon, we are spending a lot of time thinking about the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental and social. Each week we'll be sharing reasons why shifting what, where and how you buy can help you reap the benefits of each type of sustainability. This week is our Economic Sustainability week so we are here to tell you all about what it is and how you can achieve it by developing more sustainable shopping habits!
We think it's so important for everyone to know that sustainability isn’t just about being environmentally and socially friendly. It’s also about being conscious of your spending, understanding where your money goes and not overconsuming for the sake of it! Developing sustainable shopping habits will not only benefit the planet but will also save you money.
In today's consumerist fast-fashion culture, we have too much of everything. We can buy cheap produce to arrive on our doorstep the next day. And nowhere is our excessive consumption more obvious than when it comes to our closet. This is why we want to show you how you can become more economically sustainable when it comes to fashion...
If you really have the urge to shop and cannot stop yourself, why not try second-hand shopping? Buying second-hand clothing not only saves you a heck of a lot of money but ensures that the second-hand clothes you purchase have an extra long lease on life, instead of going straight into landfill. Plus, if you're buying secondhand from a charity shop, you're also giving money to a good cause!
Buy Less But Spend More
Seeing clothing as an investment that you get returns on over many years and not a frequent cheap purchase will completely change your economically sustainable fashion game. It's so important to shop for high-quality clothes that are made to last, as opposed to cheap, throwaway pieces that will either break or you will get bored of.
How Sancho's can help: Our shop is filled to the brim with high-quality pieces that will last a long time. We are especially loving our denim products, organic essentials, and shirts and Jolena trousers for work at the moment!
Curate a Capsule Wardrobe
We recently wrote a whole blog dedicated to how and why you should spring clean your wardrobe sustainably by curating a capsule wardrobe. But, in short, capsule wardrobes encourage a sustainable approach to clothes buying. By purchasing wearable, diverse, timeless and durable pieces, clothing waste can be reduced. It's also more economical as your collection will comprise of high-quality staple items that don’t need to be replaced often. We also believe that while it's so important to be both stylish and sustainable, you don't always need to buy new clothes every season to be fashionable.
How Sancho's can help: We are launching our Sancho's Capsule Collection on Wednesday 25th April. This is a collection of diverse, staple ethical items that are suitable for many different occasions and can be paired together or apart. We will be selling these pieces as a set for one price. We hope you're as excited as we are!
Prioritize Natural Fabrics
Synthetic materials like polyester, nylon, and acrylic take hundreds of years to decompose. Those materials account for a large chunk of the clothing that’s currently sitting in landfills. Plus, synthetics require chemicals to make, and these chemicals contaminate water supplies. Choosing all-natural fabrics is one way to work toward a more sustainable wardrobe but also a more economical wardrobe as these pieces will last far longer. Look for organic cotton, hemp, Tencel, ethically-raised wool, and other natural fibres!
How Sancho's can help: We only sell items which are made from natural fabrics which are good for the environment and good for you. Visit our online shop to see what we are selling at the moment.
Attend Clothes Swaps
Lots of wasted value is sitting in the back of your wardrobe. Instead of going out and buying new clothes, find new value in others unworn items. One of the best (and most fun) ways of getting rid of old clothes and sourcing new ones is through clothes swaps. They are not only a good way to refill one's wardrobe but they also reduce clothing waste and associated pollution.
How Sancho's can help: We are hosting a Clothes Swap for Surfers Against Sewage on Tuesday 24th April. Bring in unworn items clothing and get the opportunity to swap it with other unique pieces of clothing all to raise money for a top environmental cause. Other items will come from other attendees, local shop partners and their unsold stock.
Buy Sale Items (But only if they're quality, ethical investments)
Sales are the devil in terms of unnecessary spending. I think we've all been guilty of buying something in the sale just because it's too good of a bargain to miss but then whatever you bought just sits in the back of your wardrobe for years to come. Instead, we encourage you to make the most of sales when they are held by brands you know are ethical and know create high-quality, long-lasting clothing, and when you know you need a specific new item in your wardrobe. Don't just buy for the sake of buying!
How Sancho's can help: We are hosting our biggest Sale Day yet on Saturday 28th April, Worldwide Fashion Revolution Sales Day. Here you can expect 10% off everything in-store and online, 500 free goodie bags to give out with purchases, the launch of new summer lines, live music, drinks and nibbles and a chance to celebrate the revolution for ethical fashion!
Small, independent businesses are sources of employment and providers and consumers of goods and services that sustain the local economy. Whilst shopping locally is important it's also important to ensure that the local businesses you are supporting support local ecology, minimise energy use and waste, and utilise recycled products and materials.
How Sancho's can help: Our store is local to Exeter so if you live in Devon and want to support the local economy come shop with us!
Value What You Already Own
In a culture where fast fashion is king, we don’t often consider how many wears we’ll get out of one piece. As a result, a considerable amount of clothing ends up in landfills. We believe it is so important to view your clothing as indispensable and take care of the pieces you already own. That means always noting the care for instructions on labels, treating stains right away and repairing/revamping items when they start to lose their lustre. This makes your clothes last longer (you don't have to throw out clothes if just one button has fallen off) and your money go further.
How Sancho's can help: We are holding a 5 in 1 clothing Repair and Rejuvenate Workshop on Monday 23rd April. At this event anyone can bring in any worn out or broken items of clothing and local seamstresses will show you how to repair and rejuvenate them. We will be holding workshops in embroidery, buttons, patches, tie-dye and sewing!