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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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This cordless wet/dry vacuum might be what every busy bee needs

Squeeze in chores between hustling!

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We all love a nice, clean home. But these days, it can be difficult to balance everything in our lives. If you live a busy life, you probably don’t want to face up to cleaning your home with the little spare time that you have. It should be reserved for relaxation, not for a giant mountain of chores.

The last thing we all want is to be surrounded by mess. For me, it’s a good thing that keeping my home clean is doable even though I’ve got a hectic schedule that seemingly makes it impossible.

What I’ve realized is that investing in new and more efficient equipment will allow us to get things done swiftly. This could mean anything from replacing a raggedy mop to buying a more powerful vacuum cleaner.

What’s in the box?

When the Dreame H12 wet & dry vacuum was handed to me, I felt thrilled to try it out! I always get intimidated by the idea of using large vacuum cleaners, but not with the Dreame H12.

It comes with user-friendly features and a wide array of accessories that would make doing chores bearable.

To begin with, there’s a charging base. It’s molded, so you can set the vacuum directly into a convenient socket. This base can be used both for charging and cleaning.

(1) H12 Main Body Unit (1) Floor Brush (1) Charging Base (2) Accessory Holder (1) Extra Filter (1) Power Adapter (1) Cleaning Brush (1) Detergent Floor Cleaner

User-friendly features

As easy as clicking on the button at the top of the handle, the H12 will begin to clean the roller brush as thoroughly as possible, which is why the process takes around two minutes to complete.

Since it’s much easier to clean small areas like my studio apartment, having the upgraded edge-cleaning roller brush effectively deals with those hard-to-reach corners and baseboards freely.

The Dreame H12 has two modes: auto-mode and suction mode. In Auto mode, the cleaner automatically adjusts water and suction to the desired level depending on cleaning tasks.

In suction mode, it shuts off the mopping feature and only vacuums liquid without mopping. It also has this Smart Dirt Detection feature that identifies dirt and adjusts its suction power automatically.

You can also monitor the condition of the floor with the circular cleaning indicator around the screen. A smart LED screen that displays the cleaning status and clear voice prompts is beneficial for new vacuum owners like me.

A green light indicates light dirt while an orange light means there’s medium dirt present. A super dirty floor will prompt the ring to glow red.

Other features

Other features of the H12 can be monitored via the screen which also prominently displays the battery percentage. But you don’t need to rely on the display all the time as the H12 can audibly provide alerts since it has voice prompts as I’ve mentioned.

You’ll never be able to keep every single speck of dirt off the floor especially if you were running low on time. Partly, it takes a very long time until the roller from the wiping vacuum is dried. Thanks to the Wet and Dry Cleaning feature of Dreame H12 that removes wet or dry messes in one pass.

A good feature that I appreciate here is the absence of a dust bag, which is known to be a hassle to clean. Instead, all the dust, dirt, and grime get mixed with the water, so you just need to pour out the wastewater. H12 has two transparent containers built into it.

The top is a 900ml water tank for clean water, used for the mopping function. The bottom is a 500ml dirty water tank, which also serves as a dust hopper. Both tanks are easy to remove, refill, empty, and release with a simple latch.

Vacuuming

A filthy property can affect a person’s health. The nice thing about Dreame H12 is it does self-cleaning on the roller brush to avoid bacterial cross-contamination. It also self-dries the brush to prevent bacteria growth and odor.

It’s amazing how vacuuming the floor, cleaning up the kitchen, and straightening up clutter always improve my mood. Even if it’s just 15 minutes of my spare time, it does really feel good.

Imagine having this cordless Dreame H12 that can run for about 35 minutes. I am able to clean my small house frequently without having the need to recharge it every time.

Is the Dreame H12 Wet & Dry vacuum your GadgetMatch?

Accomplishing a few chores might give your mood a boost. So if you dream of spending less time cleaning, you can cut yourself some slack now. With the Dreame H12 Wet and Dry vacuum, you should not worry about sweeping and scrubbing messy floors in the little time you have.

With sleek designs to match, You can now literally have the clean home of your dreams. The Dreame H12 retails for PhP 25,990.

Don’t miss the Dreame H12’s Launch on Shopee this August 15, to get an exclusive price of P21,890 (SRP: P25,990) plus gifts with every purchase. For more info, visit Dreame Philippines’ official pages on Facebook and Instagram.

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What’s coming next to Memoji in iOS 16

More ways of expression await this fall!

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Fall is just around the corner! The season spells red scarves, watching autumn leaves falling down like pieces into place, and moving past pumpkin patches while the sky burns in gold.

Aside from those plaid shirt days and nights, what we look forward to in the most beautiful season is the arrival of iOS 16 to iPhones.

This fall, iPhone users will find new ways to express themselves with new Memoji customizations and stickers.

New hairstyles and more headwear

In the next software update, new and refreshed hairstyles are coming to Memoji. New curly styles, updated tight curl styles, and even boxer braids. Moreover, new headwear will be available.

On another note, more nose options and lip colors are arriving, pushing for more diversity.

Better expression

For those with a dramatic flair, Memoji will come with six, new expressive poses that will help you showcase your feelings and reactions. There’s the famed finger heart, a talk-to-the-hand pose, dizzy birds, and more.

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The instax mini Link 2 lets you draw in the air

Make your existing moments even more magical!

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OK! Hold your horses and hear me out.

The instax mini Link is back for version 2.0 and it found its way to the Philippine archipelago. Now called the instax mini Link 2, the instax printer can still do whatever its predecessor can except for a variety of unique functions.

Draw in the air

There’s a new function called “instaxAIR” where users can ~literally~ draw in the air. Picture the times you hold your S-Pen when you’re drawing in the air around three years ago.

Using a dedicated app, you can apply an AR effect when taking pictures so you can add drawings or writings to the space. The device vibrates in line with its movements and plays sound with special effects that match the AR effect.

Moreover, the instax mini Link 2 lets you record the action of drawing using the instaxAIR. You can save the footage as a video, which you can easily share on social media like TikTok.

Make your moments colorful

Like its predecessor, the Link 2 still has the Match Test function, which is now enhanced with a “Go with your Instinct” mode where two people choose colors that match their mood. Their compatibility percentage and chosen colors are incorporated into their instax photo.

To add more color to your moments, Fujifilm is about to release a newly-designed instax mini film called Spray Art. The film features a vivid design with a spray-painted look. It will retail for PhP 400 in the local market starting July 28, 2022.

Price and availability

The instax mini Link 2 is available in three colorways: Soft Pink, Clay White, and Space Blue. It will retail for PhP 7,299.

Starting July 28, 2022, the instax printer will be available for purchase in authorized Fujifilm instax dealers nationwide, as well as official online flagship stores in Lazada and Shopee. Purchases will come with a free pack of instax mini glossy film (10 sheets).

SEE ALSO: The art of printing moments that you can hold onto | Why the instax mini Link is the best accessory for any occasion | Sights and sounds of summer in the Upper East Side

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