It’s safe to say that injecting joy into our wardrobes with gorgeous rented pieces rather than splurging on fast fashion is something of a hot topic right now. Over the last couple of years fashion rental has become an important part of the sustainability conversation and sparked a behaviour change that is not only great for the planet but good for our bank balances.
So, we’re all agreed that 2021 is most definitely the year of the rental when it comes to planet-conscious choices. But what other changes can we make to our daily lives that will have a positive impact on the planet and maybe even save us a little money in the process?
We picked our five favourites.
1. GIFT IT FORWARD
In our quest to make presents pretty we can often go a bit overboard on the paper and plastic, forgetting it will just be admired and chucked away afterwards. But gift-wrappers, don’t despair! We’re not suggesting you wrap your carefully-selected treasures in newsprint or fish and chip paper (although that would be a strong look). Instead, get yourself some reusable fabric gift wraps that the recipient can either give back to you or use to wrap their next gift. The idea being they just keep being passed on in an endless cycle of giving. When it comes to cards, platforms like Paperless Post are a great way to keep in touch without the paper or the footprint. You can personalise your designs and it’ll be the nicest email they receive all day!
2. MINDFUL BEAUTY
We all have our favourite products when it comes to our beauty routine, but why not stray a little out of your comfort zone and try a shampoo bar? You can get the same results using the same ingredients but with way less wastage. Lots of your favourite brands are also doing refillable products so you can top up your shower gel or toner rather than buying new each time. Of course sometimes empties are unavoidable, so look out for schemes near you offering to recycle your old tubes and bottles, sometimes in exchange for points or treats.
3. WEAR RESPONSIBLY
We’ve already established that we’re all on board when it comes to renting (obvs), but it’s also important to consider looking at the fabrics your clothes are made from and how they’re produced. New, innovative and sustainable ways of creating planet-friendly clothing are being debuted all the time, from clever organic cottons to wool from certified farms (like this Whistles jumper dress). You can see some of our Endless sustainable favourites below.