Finding Affordable, Eco-Friendly Clothing for Your Wardrobe

Posted on April 01, 2019 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

A rack of Passion Lilie clothing, available online now for shoppers who want affordable, eco-friendly clothing.Affordable, eco-friendly clothing from Passion Lilie. Shop now.

For many shoppers, your wardrobe is a fun and easy part of your life to maintain. It’s not surprising, since your sense of style allows you to have fun representing yourself to the world.

Your wardrobe can also be used to express your beliefs, which is why more and more people are interested in finding affordable, eco-friendly clothing. Not only does environmentally-friendly apparel help keep our environment clean, but it also allows you to share these values with others any time someone compliments your clothing, creating a larger collective impact.

However, there are still many people who want to invest in environmentally responsible clothing but fear it will come with a high price tag. Eco-friendly clothing typically costs more than fast fashion, but those extra dollars provide you with better quality clothing and better practices for the environment.

Learn how to find affordable, eco-friendly clothing to satisfy both your conscious and your wallet, and start shopping today.

Why You Should Invest in Affordable, Eco-Friendly Clothing

Passion Lilie’s founder enjoying the beaches of Bali in our Neoma Blue Kaftan.Passion Lilie’s founder enjoying the beaches of Bali in our Neoma Blue Kaftan.

When it comes to making our homes more environmentally friendly, we often neglect our wardrobes. Reducing waste, recycling, and avoiding harmful chemicals are all important and relatively easy changes we can make. But you may be surprised to learn just how much damage the wrong clothing can do to the environment.

Synthetic fabrics can take 200 years to decompose in landfills, according to Sustain Your Style. And when a store fails to sell a fast fashion piece or a consumer loses interest in the trend, that cheap, synthetic clothing usually gets thrown away.

The microfibers in synthetic materials can end up in our oceans, creating more waste and even affecting animals’ health when ingested. Clothing made with azo dyes, which may be toxic to an aquatic ecosystem, can cause even more harm.

When you invest in eco-friendly clothing, you get high-quality materials made from natural textiles, such as cotton, hemp, and linen. You can also avoid azo dyes and other harmful chemicals with eco dyes.

One of the ethically made and affordably priced tops in our clearance section, where you'll find plenty of affordable, eco-friendly clothing.

When a company values sustainability over profit, its products are made with care, often using practices that reduce waste, water consumption, and electricity usage to create goods that are safe for consumers, workers, and the environment. At Passion Lilie, we are transparent about our production practices, and we’re always looking for ways to treat our environment better.

If you’re ready to reduce your environmental footprint, check out our tips for incorporating eco-friendly clothing into your wardrobe without breaking the bank today.

How to Incorporate Eco-Friendly Clothing into Your Wardrobe on a Budget

1. Look for Classic, Staple Pieces

Our Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top, a classic gray-and-white-striped sleeveless blouse, functions as a staple item of affordable, eco-friendly clothing for your wardrobe.Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top, $46

One of the many problems with fast fashion is that the clothing is often based on temporary trends. Looks are moved from catwalks to stores as quickly and cheaply as possible, sacrificing quality materials and production. Consumers can buy into fads at a low price, only to end up wasting what little money they spent on poor-quality clothes, which fall apart and become outdated.

As you begin creating an eco-friendly wardrobe, don’t fall prey to the many trends that come and go. By all means, if there’s a trend you absolutely love, go for it! But only if it’s made of quality materials that will last, and it’s a style you know you’ll want to wear—even when it falls out of favor.

Otherwise, consider classic designs, such as stripes, polka dots, herringbone, and geometric patterns. Look for timeless staples, such as sleeveless blouses, straight-leg pants, and A-line skirts, in solid colors or classic designs.

One of our many fair trade and ethically made tops, available for purchase online now.

By investing in classic styles and staple pieces, you’ll wear your clothes more often, have an easier time matching them in different outfits, and ultimately save money.

2. Create an Eco-Friendly Capsule Wardrobe

A model wearing our gray-and-white striped, sleeveless, Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top with our teal, white-spotted Halley Organic Jersey Skirt.Halley Organic Jersey Skirt, $58, and Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top, $46

When you start to invest in a smaller number of high-quality pieces, you can transition to an environmentally-friendly wardrobe at a pace you can afford. One great way to maximize new clothing purchases is to build a capsule wardrobe with pieces you can easily mix and match.

Start with the basics, such as:

— A pair of dark denim jeans
— A pair of black pants
— A navy or black skirt
— A white or gray sweater
— A plain white or black t-shirt
— A white, navy, or black button-up shirt

    These types of classic, staple pieces should all pair well together, making it easy to pick a stylish outfit every day of the week. As you continue to find eco-friendly clothes you love, compare them to the other pieces you regularly wear, and consider whether or not they will be easy to match with your existing wardrobe. For example, introduce a new color you love and know you’ll wear, and donate or give away clothes you no longer want.

    3. Choose Accessories for an Affordable Update

    A variety of colorful, lightweight scarves from Passion Lilie that make for great affordable, eco-friendly clothing accessories to update your wardrobe.A wide variety of Passion Lilie scarves

    Accessories are some of the most affordable eco-friendly clothing you can find. Scarves, hats, and purses often use fewer materials, making them less expensive than full articles of clothing. Even better, you can easily incorporate them into your wardrobe and add a pop of color or pattern to plainer stable pieces.

    A simple way to jump-start your sustainable wardrobe is by swapping out any cheap, synthetic accessories for higher quality, eco-friendly ones. Headbands, lightweight scarves, and sarongs are great options because they can be worn throughout the warmer months and into winter.

    Choose colorful pieces that you can style with your clothing. The right accessories can turn your clothes into a completely new outfit! With a few carefully chosen accessories, you can do even more with a smaller wardrobe.

    4. Take Care of Your Clothing

    As you start purchasing more eco-friendly clothing made from high-quality materials, you can use these tips to help make sure your clothes last longer:

    — Wash your clothes on a lower temperature. This gets them clean while also extending their lifespan. Not to mention, you won’t be wasting as much energy.
    — Use an “eco” or gentle wash setting. Most clothes, unless they’re very dirty, can use a shorter washing time than the average washing machine runs. This can reduce your energy usage and water consumption while helping to preserve your clothing.
    — Invest in an eco-friendly detergent. Avoid harmful chemicals in detergents, which could negatively impact your health, the environment, and the color and texture of your clothing.
    — Hang clothes to dry on a drying rack. While some items, such as wrinkle-prone shirts, need to be dried in a dryer, many do not. Air drying your eco-friendly pieces can help keep the colors bright and your clothes intact for years to come, so always check the care instructions on the label.

      Once you find affordable, eco-friendly clothing you love, you should treat it with special care so it lasts even longer.

      Our vintage-inspired, stylish yet sophisticated pieces, such as this button-down dress, are available now for purchase online.

      5. Follow Local, Eco-Friendly Brands

      Shops love to give loyal customers a heads up when they have an event or sale going on. With Instagram, Facebook, and other social media channels, you can keep tabs on your favorite eco-friendly stores and find out when the pieces you love go on sale.

      Some stores post on social media to let their followers know about sales before they even change the prices in their shops. Plus, by getting to know your favorite brands on social media, you’ll be able to ask questions, learn about new environmental issues, and find clothes you love.

      6. Shop Eco-Friendly Clearance Items

      Another way to save money on eco-friendly pieces is to shop the clearance section.

      Consider buying a piece or two that’s on sale as the seasons change. You may not be able to wear a coat during spring, but it will surely cost less in the off season. If the price is right, and it’s a classic style you’ll want to keep wearing, buy it! This is a great way to replace synthetic coats on a budget, so you’ll be ready for fall and winter.

      Like most retail, even eco-friendly clothing shops have to change out their inventory, leading to amazing sales. Unlike other fashion, however, sustainable clothing is made with high-quality materials that are made to last, giving you a much better deal.

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      Affordable Ethical Clothing

      Posted on July 20, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

      Ethical clothing doesn’t have to break the bank. Affordable ethical clothing exists, and your money ends up going a lot further, both in terms of its benefits to you and to others. Although there will always be cheaper options out there, the unethical brands that produce them achieve such low prices by harming the environment and their workers. Learn more about the benefits and affordable prices you can find when you shop ethically.

      Affordable ethical clothing like this dress exists, and it has numerous benefits for you, the people who make it, and the environment.

       

      Benefits of Affordable Ethical Clothing

      Affordable ethical clothing is something to wear proudly, and you’ll truly benefit from buying it!

      You Invest in Pieces You’ll Have for a Long Time

      Unlike fast fashion pieces, which are designed for a quick turnaround with little attention to durability, the artisans who make ethical clothing put time and attention into their craftsmanship. At Passion Lilie, our artisans handle everything from the creating the fabric prints to sewing the clothes, many times employing ancient traditions alongside contemporary practices for best results. These beautifully made pieces will last for years to come with proper care. Read more about how to fight fast fashion.

      When you invest in affordable ethical clothing from Passion Lilie, artisans such as these put care into crafting your clothing so it lasts.

      You Help Pay Fair Wages to Artisans

      You might be able to find a cheaper option for a shirt or pair of pants than even the most affordable ethical clothing brand can offer, but when you choose the latter, you’re ensuring that the artisans who produced it can support themselves and their families. Part of your purchase involves making sure that the hard work that goes into producing your goods gets fairly rewarded. Passion Lilie is a certified fair trade brand that proudly supports our artisans. Discover more reasons why you should buy fair trade clothing.

      You Preserve the Environment

      It’s easy to ignore how much harm a factory or sweatshop can have on the environment and just think about yourself when purchasing a piece of clothing. However, the negative effects these factories produce add up over time as more and more factories open. They create disasters that are hard to fix and hurt the environment as well as the local economy. So many unfortunate disasters have occured in the past that were caused by human development, so it’s crucial we become aware of how our work impacts the environment. Passion Lilie uses eco-friendly and sustainable practices to do our part to protect the environment for generations to come.

      Buy Affordable Ethical Clothing from Passion Lilie

      Passion Lilie produces affordable ethical clothing that makes you look and feel great!

      Boho Blue Dress ($49.00)

      This dress is trendy and flattering. The Boho Blue Dress features a whimsical print, eye-catching cut-out collar, and two pockets, which are always a plus!

      This Boho Blue Dress is just one example of affordable ethical clothing from Passion Lilie.

       

      Red Sweetheart Dress ($49.00)

      Looking for a romantic dress to wear on your next date night? The Red Sweetheart Dress is it! The halter neckline adds a sweet, feminine touch to the dress, while the flattering empire waistline and soft cotton offer you unbeatable comfort.

      Passion Lilie offers sales on our affordable ethical clothing, such as this Red Sweetheart Dress.

      Buy Our Ethical Apparel Today

      Passion Lilie is an ethical fashion brand dedicated to empowering artisans around the world. Designed in New Orleans and made in India, we are an eco-friendly and fair trade company. Learn more about our mission and shop more of our fabulous products today.

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      Ethical Brands Fighting Fast Fashion

      Posted on July 18, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

      One way ethical brands fight fast fashion is by providing fair wages and safe, healthy working conditions for artisans such as this.

      Ethical brands around the country are staging a fight against fast fashion. Fast fashion is a movement among fashion retailers that prioritizes quick turnaround for inexpensive products that capitalize on current trends. These clothes are cheap—both in price and quality—and result in high levels of pollution and waste. The men, women, and children in developing countries who make these garments are often underpaid and work in unsafe conditions. While ethical brands care about the working conditions, wages, and livelihoods of their workers and the state of our environment, fast fashion ignores all of that.

      This long-sleeved white top and all Passion Lilie products are fair trade and ethically made.

      Why Are Ethical Brands Fighting Fast Fashion?

      There are many reasons why ethical brands and shoppers alike have joined the fight against fast fashion.

      Lead and Hazardous Chemicals on Clothing

      The Center for Environmental Health found that many fast fashion brands, including Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe, are selling purses, shoes, and other accessories that are contaminated by lead. Even low levels of lead can cause major health issues, such as nervous system damage and issues during pregnancy.

      Disempowerment of Women

      According to the World Fair Trade Organization, Asia (WFTO Asia), as much as 80% of the workers producing fast fashion in Asia in 2016 were women ages 18 to 24. Many of these women are impoverished and underpaid, and they often face sexual harassment. For example, the Asia Floor Wage Alliance found 11 out of 12 factories fired women for becoming pregnant.

      One reason ethical brands are fighting fast fashion is because it disempowers women by paying them poor wages and even firing them for becoming pregnant, which harms families such as this one.

       

      Clothing That Falls Apart

      Fast fashion is made as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Fast fashion brands make hundreds of millions of garments per year, bringing new looks into stores every single week. It goes so quickly, you feel out of style after only one wear! Unfortunately, those pieces don’t last longer than a week anyway. These companies make low-quality pieces so they can keep up with the high volume demanded and entice customers with low prices. Why keep spending money on pieces that don’t last when you can invest in ethical, high-quality clothing instead?

      Passion Lilie products are stylish, sophisticated, and sustainable, like this little black dress with short sleeves and polka dots.

      Harm to the Environment

      Given how quickly these fast fashions fall out of favor (or just fall apart), many of these clothes end up in landfills. In the United States, only 10% of donated clothes get resold. The rest get put into landfills, which can become contaminated from the chemicals found in fast fashion clothing. Furthermore, since fast fashion clothing tends to be made of synthetic, petroleum-based fibers, it will sit there for decades before it decomposes.

      Another reason ethical brands fight fast fashion is because it harms the environment, adding many poorly made pieces of clothing to landfills such as this.

       

      How Can I Join the Fight Against Fast Fashion?

      This comfortable, stylish, blue button-down for men is just one example of ethical fashion from Passion Lilie.

      One of the best ways to fight against fast fashion is by buying your clothes from ethical brands. Ethical brands consider your health as well as the health of our workers and the environment. At Passion Lilie, we provide shoppers with stylish, well-crafted, ethical attire. We avoid any harsh chemicals that would harm you or the environment. Furthermore, Passion Lilie requires safe, healthy working environments for our artisans. We are a member of the Fair Trade Federation, and we ensure our artisans receive fair wages so they can support themselves and their families. Read more about Passion Lilie’s ethical practices here. Consider shopping for some of our fashionable pieces to join the fight against fast fashion!

      Peach Flowers Top

      This floral peach print has a warm, summery feel. The shirt is cute, comfortable, and lightweight, making it an ideal choice for nearly any outdoor occasion.

      Join the fight against fast fashion by purchasing ethical apparel, such as this Peach Flowers Top, from Passion Lilie and other ethical brands.

      Spinnaker Zig Zag Pants

      How fun and flowy are these pants? They’re great for the summer and fall seasons, whether you’re headed to work or for a night out with friends.

      As an ethical brand, Passion Lilie produces clothing you can look and feel good wearing, such as these Spinnaker Zig Zag Pants.

       

      Shop Passion Lilie Today

      This stylish, blue button-down dress from Passion Lilie is designed in New Orleans and made in India.

      Passion Lilie is an ethical brand dedicated to empowering artisans around the world and fighting fast fashion. Designed in New Orleans and made in India, we are proud to produce ethical apparel. Learn more about our ethical apparel and shop more of our fabulous products today.

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