From Amour Vert to Zady: If you love fashion but don't want to contribute to the negative effects the fast fashion industry has on workers and the environment, you have plenty of gorgeous, sustainably produced brands to choose from these days.
There's only one problem: Ethical fashion can be pretty expensive.
I write a lot about fair fashion on my blog and in my book The Curated Closet, and sure, in an ideal world, my closet would consist of nothing but Reformation dresses, Elizabeth Suzann pants, and Cuyana silk camis. But in reality I just don't have the money to shop exclusively from sustainable brands, much less replace my entire existing wardrobe with ethical alternatives.
The good news is this: Buying from ethical brands isn't the only way to "green-ify" your closet and help your cause. In fact, supporting ethical brands is only the tip of the iceberg of a whole set of strategies you can use. Either one of them reduces your personal contribution to the negative effects of the fast fashion industry. And either one is better than grabbing a flimsy $5 top from the top of the sales pile that will end up as landfill in three months.
So let's take a closer look at each of the five ways you can build a more ethical closet: