It’s a common misconception that making the switch to sustainable and ethical clothing is expensive. Like any clothes shopping, it can be... but it doesn’t have to be! I’m going to show you just one trick that will help you save lots of money when shopping for sustainable and ethical clothing!
What Do We Mean by Sustainable?
Sustainable clothing means that the clothes are either recycled or produced with natural and renewable fibers. It’s very eco-friendly to purchase and wear previously owned clothes, by doing so we can keep the clothes (and all the resources and materials that went into making it) in circulation longer and out of a landfill. Another eco-friendly option are clothes that are made from natural and renewable fibers such as cotton, linen, and wool. Synthetic fibers such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic are petroleum based and will never biodegrade.
What Do We Mean by Ethical?
Ethical clothing means that the workers who make these clothes were paid fairly and treated with dignity. At the minimum, it means that the workers are paid a fair wage and are free from sweatshops . It should also mean that the workers are all adults, freely choose to work, and work in a clean and safe environment.
One way to save money is to shop secondhand clothing and there’s no better place to do that than Poshmark. Shopping secondhand is one of the best ways to be more eco-friendly! In addition to gently used clothing, you can also shop brand new ethical boutiques like ours directly from the app.
Poshmark is the leading fashion marketplace app. It has the feel of Instagram with the perks of online shopping. If you join Poshmark, use our referral code “makelemonade” to take advantage of the current referral bonus.
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A Word to the Wise
Not everything on Poshmark is from reputable sellers, sustainable, or ethical boutiques. Check the reviews, ask good questions, and get the answers you need. There are many sellers who sell brand new items straight from another retailer. These would not really be “sustainable” or “pre-owned”. There are also many “boutiques” that fill their store with cheap materials and fast fashion. Ask what the clothes are made of and where they came from! Be wary of a “Made in the USA” answer. There’s many human rights violations happening even in the “good ‘ol USA”. The Los Angeles garment district is notorious for using undocumented workers to cut corners and thus avoiding appropriate pay, overtime, and benefits.
Props to You!
Lastly, give yourself a huge pat on the back for becoming more aware! You deserve huge credit for starting to make the switch to sustainable and ethical clothing. We hope that this article was helpful to you! We want to be an excellent resource for you on your sustainable and ethical clothing journey. Be sure to sign up for our email updates to be notified of all our new posts!
If you’re tired of searching for ethically made clothing and having to ask literally all the questions, find an honest and accountable store like ours that does all the hard work for you! Every new item in our boutique provides, protects, and empowers the woman who made it! We also have a selection of secondhand clothing available exclusively on Poshmark!
The Poshmark name and logo are Poshmark's trademark only. We are not sponsored by Poshmark.
Right now we’re wrapping up Fashion Revolution week, the week of the year where we acknowledge and honor the 1,138 lives lost and the additional 2,500 injured on April 24th, 2013. These workers were sewing and making our clothes when the building of the Rana Plaza of Bangladesh collapsed. It was the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. And where were you? Do you remember what you thought when you found out the news? Are you just now finding out about it?
This is why there’s a call for a Fashion Revolution. For too long, our clothes have been made by people so far removed from our minds and in conditions that you or I wouldn’t step foot in. To have a real Fashion Revolution, it’s going to take a lot of people like you and me doing some pretty radical things. Take our quiz and see how Fashion Radical you are! Plus, you might get some other ideas.
Give yourself 1 point for each true statement about yourself.
You might be a Fashion Revolutionary if….
Now for your results...
Wow! These clothes look brand new!" "This looks like this has never been worn!" "Are you sure this is used?" These are some of the comments I've gotten about our secondhand clothing collection. It gives me great pride to know that my customers are getting excellent like-new clothing that's actually secondhand, but sadly I can't take all the credit. Because the truth of the matter is that they probably are nearly new, they probably haven't been worn but once or twice.
We as Americans have a nasty habit of buying too many clothes that we don't love, not wearing them, and then tossing them aside.
In addition to the actual clothes making process, this is what makes the apparel industry the second most polluting in the world today.
As a secondhand clothing buyer I've seen a lot of tossed clothing, overwhelming amounts actually. To find the very best stuff, I sort through tens of thousands of textiles that are too worn, torn, stained, and have lost their shape. These pieces are cheaply made and worn and washed too harshly. Some of these pieces are only but a season or two old, while others only a few years. The life of a piece of clothing is getting shorter and shorter. And the results are truly piling up, in our homes, our thrift stores, and our landfills.
There's a lot that you and I can do as consumers. I'm here to present a solution that will save the clothes you already have and love!
Launder your clothes differently. Many of the clothes and textiles that I encounter haven't been worn so harshly, but washed within an inch of their life. While I’m definitely not a laundry guru by any means, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve.
Two thousand seventeen was a year of great growth for our company. We secured warehouse space, launched our own website, and started connecting with amazing wholesalers in ethical manufacturing. We're excited to continue growing the company in 2018 and beyond. Like you, we have our own New Year resolutions. Here are ours:
In 2018, we plan on launching our curated collection of 10 to 20 unique pieces of purposefully and ethically made clothing and accessories. We'll also be refining our packaging and ship prep processes to include more sustainable and eco-friendly options. We're also looking to expand our current warehouse space and hire our first employee...or two!
We recently had a crazy end of the year clearance sale and we added the letter below to every order. We've already gotten some great feedback and reactions from our customers. Your feedback is so very encouraging to us! If you haven't had the chance to read it yet, you can read it below now.
If you've ordered from us in the last two years, we want to say THANK YOU! This boutique and this business would not be possible without you.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you and happy New Year.
-Christine and Adam
Founders and CEOs
If you ordered from us in the last two weeks, you received an advanced copy of our letter below.
Thank you for shopping our end of the year clearance sale on Poshmark! My name is Christine and I am the founder of The Lemonade Boutique. I want to take a moment and thank you for your support in 2017 and let you know what goodies we have planned for the future!
We have BIG things planned for 2018 and you’re helping us get there! Our goal in 2018 is to bring you a curated collection of brand new ethically made clothing in our newly launched boutique! By purchasing our sustainable secondhand clothing now, you’re not only getting a great deal and keeping well-made clothing out of the landfill, but you’re also helping fund our future in ethical retail! Our ethically made clothing collection will feature beautiful handmade pieces. The pieces will not only be beautiful, but each piece will have a story to tell. Each piece will be made by workers who are paid fairly, given dignity in their work, and overcoming tough situations such as generational poverty, disabilities, or sex trafficking. We believe we can use our shopping habits to make a positive change in the world. We’re a small company with big heart and big dreams. We thank you for your purchase and for sharing our mission with your family and friends.
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If you're like me the New Year has you excited for the possibilities ahead. While you can make changes to your habits all year long, January and talk of the New Year holds a certain hopeful aspect to it. I love flipping back a fresh calendar and seeing what could be! Whatever your goals are this year, there's definitely three types of calendars you should keep and here they are.
1) A Birthday Calendar
What it is: A calendar which you write down all the important birthdays in your life.
Recommended format: A large physical 12 month calendar where you can see it everyday of the year, perhaps next to your desk or on your fridge.
Tip: If you're on Facebook, you should go like and share our page. After that, you should head to the "Events Page" on Facebook. Click on the birthday section to see every friend's birthday. Click here to be taken to the page we're talking about. Write the important ones down on your calendar.
Why you should have it: While Facebook does remind you the day of the birthday, to be really thoughtful you need to remember several days or even weeks in advance. Don't you want to be the thoughtful friend this year who sends a card, buys a gift, or plans a party? In order to do that you need some notice in advance! This calendar with it's large monthly view does that for you.
2) The Events Calendar
What it is: This is your typical event calendar which helps you keep track of key events, appointments, and important deadlines.
Recommended format: A small weekly-view planner to keep on your person or a digital calendar on your phone.
Tip: When using a digital calendar, you can set up "Do not distrub" or "silent mode" to turn on during important meetings that way you'll never forget to hush your phone before the meeting.
Why you should have it: As life gets busier, it's easy to forget what you've signed up for and what you have coming up. Keeping these jotted down will keep you organized all year long.
3) A Health Calendar
What it is: A calendar you use to track important aspects of your health.
Recommended format: Your format will vary depending on your health needs and what you'll be tracking. You might consider a small pocket 12 month calendar that you can keep on your nightstand for daily recaps or in the medicine cabinet for discreet note taking.
Tip: Make this calendar work for you. Use it to track important health factors. Here are some ideas: Blood pressure, weight, menstrual cycle, steps taken, water intake, fruits/veggies eaten, or sleep.
Why you should have it: The only regret you should have about caring for your body is not doing it sooner. If you're trying to meet health conscious goals this New Year such as loosing weight or getting pregnant, there's real value in keeping track of key health factors in writing. Don't take my word for it, ask your doctor what's right for you.
Those are our three suggested calendars to keep this year. What type or types of calendars do you keep? Let us know below.
Today marks the 7th annual Small Business Saturday where you're encouraged to "shop small". Shopping small invokes different images to different people. To some people it means bundling up and going to the downtown shopping district. To others it means visiting the local mechanic versus going to the dealer. No matter the practice, here are five reasons you should support small business.
1) When you support a small business, a real life person does a happy dance.
With your purchase and patronage, you're not only getting what you want; but you're also supporting someone else's dream. That's a win-win. Trust us, we know from first hand experience how good that happy dance actually feels.
2) Small business employs nearly half of all people in America.
Small businesses (defined as having less than 500 employees) in America employ 47% of all working people in the private sector. And small businesses with less than 100 employees account for the majority.
3) When you shop small business in America, you're supporting American business.
The 29 million small businesses in America account for 99.9% of all American private sector businesses.
4) Small business is ethnically diverse.
29% of small businesses in America are owned by a person within a minority ethnic group. While 29% isn't even a third of an otherwise diverse workforce, it's still higher than the national average of 18%.
5) Small business is growing.
While it's true not every small business makes it past their first year, overall small business growth is still positive. In 2016 we saw a net growth of 30 thousand more small businesses (each with at least one employee). This means that the small business workforce is growing more than ever.
So there you have it, just five out of the many reasons you should support small business. Why do you support small business? Let us know on social media!
Statistics gathered from the Small Business Association. Check it their 2017 infographic by clicking here.
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Hi, my name is Christine! I'm the voice behind the blog and the boss behind the business. If you'd like a glimpse into my personal life as entrepreneur and business owner, you can find me on Instagram as @girlwhomakeslemonade
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