QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
Less is more. Why choosing quality over quantity can help benefit your lifestyle and the planet.
By now, you are probably aware that the fashion industry is one of the main contributors to global warming. Coming in second, just after the oil industry as one of the largest polluters in the world. From untreated toxic wastewaters from textile factories being dumped into our rivers to clothes and textiles ending up in landfills— it is very concerning when we look at the impacts that we as humans and our overconsumption habits have had on the planet.
When it comes to shopping, it is easy to get carried away; and with fast fashion, clothes are offered for cheap these days that it almost seems too good to be true. And oftentimes, it probably is. The clothes that you see in high-street stores are not made to last a few months, let alone years to come.
Thankfully, our conscience is flourishing in all the right places, thanks to thoughtful individuals, organisations and campaigns that are actively promoting sustainability and bringing awareness to encourage the consumers to shy away from the “throw away” culture of fast fashion in favour of more mindful spending by instilling the habit of by purchasing less but better quality items.
Ahead, we will explore some of the benefits when you opt for quality instead of quantity:
1. Cost Effective
As with most things, quality clothes come with a higher price tag. However, when it comes to purchasing new clothes, it should be an investment purchase and not an impulse purchase. Although you will have to fork out more money, your costs will be spread out over many years to come. Which means, you are technically spending less!
2. Sustainable Practice
When you buy less and buy better, you are also helping against exploitation and pollution. Those who actively support companies that respect fair wages and environmental standards have a significant and active influence on the fashion industry.
3. Support Small Businesses & Artisans
If you shop at a small retailer or business, chances are most of the goods and services are ethically sourced or crafted. This means that your pieces are one-of-a-king and carry a unique story because it is not mass produced. It can also help to support the livelihoods of artisans and help boost the local economy.