December 

 Sustainable Shopping Month 

Many people do not realize the impact they have on the environment through the way they shop. During the holiday season, try out these eco-friendly and sustainable shopping challenges!

 WEEK 1: 

The fabric type of a clothing item can really make or break its sustainability. Fabrics such as polyester, nylon, acrylic, and rayon are often laced with plastics, chemicals, and synthetic dies that are both bad for the environment as well as your personal health.

 

When shopping for clothing, search for more natural fabrics such as linen, hemp, or organic cotton.

 WEEK 2: 

Shopping at thrift stores can save more than just the money in your wallet. Thrifting also has many ecological benefits such as lowering manufacturing rates which contributes to excess carbon emissions as well as keeping useful items out of landfills.  

When buying decor or gifts for friends and family try shopping at secondhand and thrift stores.

 WEEK 3: 

SHOPPING SMALL :

Many large corporations are guilty of utilizing manufacturing techniques often seen in the world of fast fashion. Fast fashion is a major contributor to many issues such as excess water usage, greenhouse gas emissions, unethical labor, and much more. 

By shopping at small and local businesses, you can both support your community, as well as lower your carbon footprint.

Here is a list of sustainable brands for online shopping!

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/clothing/g27154605/sustainable-fashion-clothing/

 WEEK 4: 

Often times the items we purchase both in stores and online are packaged in unsustainable materials that are created unethically and will ultimately end up crowding our landfills. 

When shopping, go for items that are packed in recyclable or biodegradable material such as paper or cardboard as opposed harmful plastics. 

 Tag us in your posts @dearearthteam when participating in the challenges!