Not that we should need a holiday to get us to think about eco-conscious dressing, but, thanks to Earth Day, we have sustainability on the mind right now. To help guide us toward a more responsible closet, we tapped stylist and sustainable fashion advocate Sarah Slutsky, whose clients include Elizabeth Olsen, Cynthia Erivo, Anna Baryshnikov, Jessica Williams, Sophie Okenedo, Emma Watson, Christy Altomare, Garance Dore, Jessica Henwick, and Clare Vivier.
The idea of revamping your wardrobe is overwhelming, but Slutsky insists there's a very easy place to start if you want to be more eco-conscious. "I think the first step is just buying less," Slutsky told Who What Wear. "Admire it, think about it, and really consider whether it truly fills a void in your wardrobe." Simple enough, right?
Slutsky also recommends asking yourself two questions when you're considering a purchase: Is the material a renewable resource? Is my purchase doing good? "Incorporating artisan craft into your closet presents the opportunity to support women in emerging economies," Slutsky told us. "Nest is a nonprofit organization I've come to rely on as a resource. They work to connect designers and brands like Behno, Mara Hoffman, and Maiyet with global artisans and to support artisans these brands are working with."
Lastly, there are still things to consider even after you've settled on a purchase. "Mind your dry cleaner—only dry clean when absolutely necessary, and go organic," Slutsky said. "Spot-clean as much as possible. Freeze-clean! Hang-dry! Check that your laundry detergent is chemical-free. For me, committing to care for the things I own has truly made me a happier, healthier human." Amen to that.
Scroll down to shop our picks from Sarah Slutsky's favorite eco-conscious and artisan-supporting brands.
According to the brand's website, Behno focuses on "ethical garmenting by implementing various programming, ranging from fair wages to garment worker health to eco-consciousness."
What makes Maiyet a good choice? Let the brand explain: "Maiyet is a modern, ethical, and luxury fashion brand that partners with global artisans to incorporate exquisitely handcrafted details and unexpected fabric techniques into our collections—all sourced globally and made locally."
This bag is made with recyclable materials—and it's perfect for toting to the grocery store.
Cienne worked with artisans in India on this hand-printed silk scarf.
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