fashion forward: a guide to conscious consumption
at simétrie we believe in creating products that prioritise the health of our planet and the well-being of those who make them. we are acutely aware of fast fashion dominating the industry that we operate in, as well as the influence this has had over consumer habits making a profound impact on our planet. from fast fashion to single-use items, we have created a culture of consumption that prioritises convenience and affordability over environmental responsibility.
however, it is possible to shift our mindset and make more conscious choices when it comes to purchasing fashion items and accessories. we understand the power this holds when individuals make considered decisions to work towards a more sustainable and ethical fashion industry.
recommendations for mindful, considered consumption
1. think about the materials of the item you are purchasing
look for natural, organic, or recycled materials that have been sustainably sourced. this could include items made from recycled plastics, organic cotton, sustainably and ethically sourced leather or natural fibres like hemp or tencel. avoid synthetic materials like polyester or nylon, which are derived from non-renewable resources and take hundreds of years to break down once they eventually enter landfill.
2. consider the manufacturing process
look for items that have been produced using environmentally friendly methods, such as low-impact dyes or waterless printing techniques. avoid products that have been made in sweatshops or factories that prioritise speed over quality and fair labour practices.
simétrie founder and designer, simone, in our Brunswick atelier making small batch production of thick crescent moon bags / night.
3. take into account the lifespan of the item
will it last beyond just one season? can it be repaired or repurposed when it no longer serves its original purpose? look for items that are versatile and can be worn in a variety of ways in your capsule wardrobe, rather than those that are trendy and will quickly go out of style.
4. consider the company you are purchasing fromlook for brands that prioritise sustainability and ethical practices, and avoid those that have a history of labour exploitation or environmental damage. also, the mileage and the corresponding carbon footprint of bringing items to Australian shores is something to consider. with this in mind, it is important to consider the benefits of supporting local industry in a post covid world.
meet clem, one of the amazing crafts-women behind our brand here at simétrie.
5. shop second hand
reduce the demand for new products by purchasing items second hand. with the demand for vintage and second hand finds on the rise, you’ll be able to easily find pieces you love at consignment stores, thrift shops or curated vintage stores.
by making conscious choices when it comes to purchasing fashion items and accessories, we can contribute to a more sustainable and ethical fashion industry. it is our responsibility as both brands and consumers to prioritise the health of our planet and the well-being of those who create the items we wear. together, we can create a brighter future for fashion.