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7 ways to practice sustainable fashion

Buy less clothes, generate less fashion waste

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Running out of things to wear isn’t a problem unique to me. Everyone’s default reaction after staring at a closet full of clothes and finding zero outfits is to buy more clothes.

On my journey to finding my personal style however, I’ve slowly become savvier and more conscious than ever — only buying things that I know will either last at least 5 years or get a lot of wears. Not just because I do find myself feeling dejected whenever a piece of clothing gets lost or ruined unnecessarily, but also because over the years I realized that the key to a more sustainable lifestyle is to reduce one’s consumption. Buying less ultimately means generating less waste and doing less harm to the environment.

There are a lot more factors in play in the road to sustainability; the whole production cycle must be considered, too. Buying exclusively from locally-made or sustainable brands is one thing but most of these brands are not accessible to everyone due to their premium price tags. For the rest of us who can’t afford spend a fortune on conscious and premium clothing that last forever, here are some tips to consider so we can all collectively practice sustainability without sacrificing style:

Shop your own wardrobe

We’re all guilty of buying clothes on impulse either because they’re on trend or they’re on sale. A lot of these items are probably just gathering dust or worse, growing mold. Trends come and go, then — great news for you — they always make a comeback. Go through your closet and shop your old clothes. You’ll be surprised at what gems you’ll find. Maybe you have polkadot dresses and pussy-bow tops that you’ve been avoiding — these are two trends that made a comeback this year.

Try new color combinations

 

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When we reserve certain colors for special occasions, or never consider certain color pairings, we’re bound to run out of things to wear. Why not wear the red purse you used at your last formal event with an all-pink ensemble? Get more wears out of your clothes by trying new color pairings that you’ve never considered before.

Curate your wardrobe by sticking to a color palette

If you have a truly hideous wardrobe because you’ve only started caring about your personal style recently, try sticking to a color palette when buying new clothes. This will guarantee that an easier time when mixing and matching, and lower the cost per wear of every item you own.

Borrow from friends

 

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If you’re like me and are lucky enough to have friends who wear the same size as you, borrow their clothes and accessories instead of buying a new outfit whenever you have a special occasion to attend. You can also split the cost of garments you will rarely use. If you live in a country where winter doesn’t exist, you can invest in and co-own a good quality coat. If you’re traveling together, this also helps minimize the things you have to pack — a problem we all encounter.

Shop vintage

Buying secondhand clothes isn’t for everyone, but if you’re up for it, vintage shopping is one way of finding unique styles without spending all your savings. Give new life to what is otherwise considered waste for its previous owner.

Invest in a good washer/dryer

Practicing slow fashion is as much about buying clothes that were consciously made as investing in tools that help you prolong the lifespan of what you currently own. There are now washing machines that determine the characteristics and volume of each load to minimize fabric damage, like LG’s front-load washer with artificial intelligence direct drive (AI DD). With a feature called TurboWash 360, clothes also get cleaner in less time, helping you save on energy, too.

Use a steamer for certain fabrics

Cirrus No.2 Steamer from Steamery Stockholm, EUR 120

We’ve all burnt clothes while ironing, not because we set it too hot, but probably because it was never meant to be ironed in the first place. Preserve delicate fabrics like wool, silk, and cashmere by using a steamer to remove wrinkles, instead of ironing them. Steaming also kills germs, requiring you to wash your clothes less often, thus making them last longer.

Try a designer rental subscription

If you attend a lot of events, try services like Rent the Runway or Style Theory. Why buy a dress you will most likely only wear once? Designer rentals are a godsend not just when your job requires a new outfit all the time, but also when you travel nonstop and don’t want to pack two seasons worth of clothes.

If this is all too much to remember, just remember the four R’s of sustainable fashion: reduce, reuse, recycle, repair. Shop less, own less, and prolong the life of your current wardrobe.

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Hot & Straight: Garment steamers to keep your clothes wrinkle-free

For your delicate dresses and suits

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Garment steamer

Not everyone is blessed to have a Samsung Airdresser or LG Styler at home. Both of which are cabinets that clean, deodorize, and straighten your well-loved clothes. Especially for delicate fabrics such as silk and satin, and even the likes of your dresses and suits. For these, we turn to garment streamers.

A clothes iron isn’t generally a bad idea, but there’s a little chance of burning your soft fabric when you use a garment steamer. And it’s perfect for when you’re prepping for an event. Straighten out those sleeves, pleats, and ruffles — and look prim and proper with wrinkle-free clothes.

Xiaomi Zanjia GT-301W

Xiaomi surely makes clean-looking small appliances. The Zanjia GT-301W is a minimalist, lightweight, and portable garment steamer that’s perfect for your white and neat aesthetic.

Garment steamer

You can hold it with just one hand, and despite the small size, it blasts 1200W of powerful steam — effectively removing wrinkles on your clothes.

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Midea Handheld Steam Ironing Machine

Known as a household brand, Midea took it up a notch by producing a portable yet elegant-looking garment steamer. This garment steamer can be folded easily so you can look posh while you take care of your clothes during your travels.

Garment steamer

It also packs so much steam power with steam volume up to 22g/min, making it easier to iron out creases swiftly.

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Philips STH3010/70

Surely a trusted brand, Philips also has a candidate in the steamer category. The STH3010/70 makes for a well-rounded garment steamer — compact, portable, blasts 1000W of steam power and steam volume of up to 20g/min.

But more importantly, it boots up quickly and the steam plate can be safely pressed across all kinds of ironable fabrics — bedsheet and curtains included.

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Dowell CSH-35 Fabricare Lite

Looks may not be its strongest suit, but the Dowell CSH-35 Fabricare Lite puts a strong focus on functionality. It has a large capacity for a travel steamer — sporting a 280ml removable water tank and 1500W of power.

It’s also easy to operate with its single button, it comes with two levels of steam settings, and takes care of your clothes with its three layers of Fabricare technology. Certainly, it removes creases, sanitizes, and refreshes all your fabrics.

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Tefal Access Steam + Handheld Garment Steamer DT8100

Stay wrinkle-free with Tefal’s garment steamer in a short amount of time, thanks to its ultra-fast and efficient setup. It packs 1600W of steam power and releases a steam flow of up to 26g/min.

It’s perfect for last-minute steaming at home and it allows you to move conveniently with its 3 meters cord, so you’re not limited to steaming in one corner.

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Blow & Dry: Handy, stylish hair dryers for easy blowouts

They deserve to be in your home and in your purse

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Every now and then, we’ll need a quick blowout to maintain good hair — whether it’s prepping for an event, a quick touch-up before your Zoom call, or about to run an errand and in a bit of a time crunch.

It’s not every day we’ll need a fabulous blow-dryer that will cost us an arm or leg. Or purchase an expensive one and call it an investment. (Guilty as charged!)

Sometimes, what we need are hair dryers that work. Fast and easy, just the way you’ll like it.

Panasonic EH-NA27 Nanoe Hair Dryer

Carol, GadgetMatch’s Lifestyle Editor, swears by Panasonic’s lineup of Nanoe hair dryers. While her personal choices are a bit chic and ritzy, there are affordable options that certainly do the trick.

The Panasonic EH-Na27 brings in its patented technology, gathering water from the air, and uses it — along with negative ions — to create Nanoe droplets and Double Mineral Ions. It’s the secret to shiny and bouncy hair!

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Mi Ionic Hair Dryer

If you’re looking for an affordable yet good-looking hair dryer, say no more. Xiaomi’s Mi Ionic hair dryer solves all your dilemmas: a portable form factor, minimalist and classy design (especially in that white colorway), high volume, and quick-drying technology.

Since it’s an ionic hairdryer, it’s supposedly safer and better compared to ceramic ones — and it won’t leave your hair smelling burnt.

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Soocas H5/H3s Hair Dryer

Chay, GadgetMatch’s Creative Director, shared how her GadgetMatch in 2018 was not a phone but a hair dryer. Yes, it was a Soocas hair dryer, which recently had a product refresh.

To Chay, the Soocas hairdryer ticks her three main considerations in looking for a hair dryer: price, power, and design. And more importantly, it doesn’t stop working from overheating despite having an affordable price tag.

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Philips Drycare Advanced Hair Dryer HP8233/00

Philips has been around for years, and they certainly produce hair dryers within your reach. The Philips Drycare Advanced hair dryer comes with a professional power as if you have your own hairdresser.

It also comes with multiple temperature settings for less hair damage and a long-lasting look. And more importantly, it sports technology that has an anti-frizz effect to help you achieve that shiny-looking hair.

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Imarflex Hair Dryer HD-2210C

If you prefer it classic and generic like any hair dryers found in your mom’s closet, Imarflex retained that familiar look with its hair dryers. The HD-2210C comes with Ionic haircare system and easy toggle between hot and cold temperature settings.

It makes for the perfect hair dryer for a quick and easy blowout, especially when you’re in a hurry. And it certainly won’t break your wallet.

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The Starbucks x FILA collection is what we need for hot summer vibes

Live life and have fun in a distinct style

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Starbucks x FILA collection

Hold up! Hot girl summer ain’t over yet.

For the first time, Starbucks is collaborating with FILA on an exclusive, co-branded collection of sporty-street-summery style essentials.

Starbucks x FILA: 12 oz Double Wall Ceramic Mug (PhP 1,095), Mesh Bag [Lazada Exclusive] (PhP 1,595)

The Starbucks x FILA collection blends rich brand heritage with classic and modern design. Wearing FILA’s signature white, navy, and red, the collection showcases bold yet timeless designs as seen in the drinkware and lifestyle accessories.

Surely, you’d love to get your hands on these accessories if you’re a fan of timeless yet distinct styles. It’s evident in these tumblers, cups, pouches, and bags!

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Starbucks x FILA collection

Starbucks x FILA: 20 oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle (PhP 1,595), 24 oz Plastic Cold Cup (PhP 895), Pouch (PhP 795)

Starbucks x FILA collection will be available starting July 20, 2021, at select Starbucks stores across the Asia-Pacific region while supplies last. In the Philippines, it will also be available in the Starbucks flagship store on Lazada.

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