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How to Achieve a Zero Waste Home Wardrobe

Sep 15, 2021
by Sarah Mac
Zero waste home wardrobe

If you are someone who loves to dress on-trend and likes to present yourself to suit the occasion, you’ll know only too well how quickly your wardrobe can burgeon. But if you are also someone who tries to live a more eco-friendly and sustainably lifestyle, you’ll probably be looking for ways to stay fashionable without putting too much stress on the planet. If this is the case, we have some top tips for you to help you do just that.

It can be quite a challenge to stay on-trend fashion wise, whilst doing your best to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. This is precisely why the capsule wardrobe movement came about, and started gathering momentum very quickly. The capsule, or minimalist wardrobe, is one that fits your needs around work, leisure and travel, and that gives you a diverse array of outfits to wear based on minimal basic staples.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe, also known as a minimalist or zero waste home wardrobe, is a compact collection of around thirty or less essential, staple fashion items in co-ordinating or matching colours. The capsule wardrobe can include shoes and accessories. The concept was established by London boutique owner Susie Faux during the 1970s.

One of the reasons that the capsule wardrobe is gaining so much momentum is that so many more people are seeing the benefits of minimalist fashion.

If you own a wardrobe that is stocked to the brim with things you never wear, yet you feel you never have anything to wear, you are by no means alone. A fully stacked wardrobe makes it a whole lot harder to get dressed for an occasion, so paring it back will make your life so much easier. What’s more, it stops you going out and buying even more clothes that you just don’t need.

What’s more, a good sort through a full wardrobe, donating unused or unwanted items to charity or selling for someone else to make use of is good for the planet.

The zero waste home wardrobe is also space and money-saving. And of course, it is environmentally friendly too. Less laundry, less waste, less resources. All good for the planet.

So now we have ascertained why it’s a good thing to have a zero waste home wardrobe, let’s take a look at how to achieve one.

How to create a zero waste home wardrobe

The aim is to create a minimal yet versatile wardrobe with something for every season and every occasion.

Step 1: Define your style and what really matters to you fashion wise

If you have a wardrobe that’s bursting at the seams, you could well have lost sight of what really matters to you in a fashion sense. So, it’s time to reconnect with how you live your life, and how clothing fits around that. Take a good look through your wardrobe, and set aside anything that doesn’t fit with you who are. This exercise works best if you actually take each item of clothing out of the wardrobe and lay it all out on your bed. If it’s right there in the way, then you’ll HAVE to do something with it all. Motivation is key!

Step 2: Sort your clothes into categories

Set yourself four categories: Love and use lots, like it but not sure why, doesn’t suit me, past its use-by date. Obviously the items you love you’ll want to keep. The second category is the maybes. The third are ripe for donation or sale, and the last category could be recycled or repurposed.

Step 3: Take action

Make yourself a bag of category three donation clothes, or list them for sale. For your category four pile, seek out a textile recycling charity or find out whether your local council offers a textile collection service, donate them to an animal shelter, use them as rags for cleaning, or transform and upcycle them into something new.

Step 4: Review

Now it’s time to go back over your category one and two items. Ask yourself whether you would buy this today, and whether you will wear it in the next few months. Try everything on… you may discover that certain pieces just don’t suit you anymore, and aren’t a good fit. If this is the case, add them to your donate pile.

Step 5: Choose your shortlist

Now it’s time to make sure you have everything you need for your capsule wardrobe. Remember to ensure you have something for every season, and every type of occasion that your lifestyle entails. What you are looking for are staple pieces that are versatile enough to dress up or dress down. Don’t forget shoes and accessories too. Workout clothes, sleepwear and underwear don’t usually feature in your limited capsule, providing they don’t sneak into your everyday wear somehow.

Step 6: Separate yourself from the remainder

If you have pieces left over from your love list that didn’t make it into your capsule, but you can’t bring yourself to part with them, create a degree of separation. Package them up and leave them for three months. If you truly miss them and find yourself needing them, by all means release them into your capsule. If not, donate or sell.

Top tip: When your clothes are hidden away behind a closed wardrobe door, it’s easier to put the fact that you may have too many out of your mind. Instead, opt for a clothing rack. That way you’ll never be under any illusion as to how many clothes you really have.

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Kola Project was founded in response to the global waste issue. Our business model forms the first fully circular shopping experience in the world and is based on an exclusive return and reuse program.

So, when you purchase accessories and homewares from us, not only are you buying a product that’s sustainable, socially responsible and environmentally friendly, you will also get to enjoy total peace of mind that whatever you buy can be returned for repair, recycling, refurbishment, recycling or composting, at any point, no matter how long you’ve had them, courtesy of our unlimited buyback guarantee.

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