5 good resolutions for a sustainable wardrobe in 2020!

We at COSH! are all too familiar with the problem. You're having an inferior day and you've been staring at your wardrobe for an hour. It doesn't take long for your fingers to start itching and the urge for something new grows every second. You want to live more environmentally conscious, but would also like to give your entire wardrobe a makeover. No matter how you turn it around, you are faced with a dilemma. But don't worry, COSH! has come up with a list of tips especially for you - yes, you there in your bra and underpants - that will help you on your way to a more sustainable 2020 for your wardrobe!

1. Reduce

The first step you need to take is to make an inventory of your closet. Take a good look at the contents and start sorting them out. On the left you put the clothes you haven't worn for years and on the right you put the clothes you use every day. Ask yourself at the left side of the heap of clothes if there are enough basic items between them that can still be worn with a little help of a restyling, by a professional or not. The clothes that don't make your heart beat faster should be put in a bag for the time being. The rest you hang back neatly.

2. Reuse

Before you put everything back, it's best to make some outfits. You hang these together on a coat rack. This will save you a lot of time in the morning and make more space both in your closet and in your head. Don't know how to style some pieces? Don't panic, there are solutions for this. Book yourself a stylist and go through your wardrobe with him/her. In no time you'll have a completely restyled wardrobe with your own pieces. Or you can go to a shop, such as Pure, Harvest Club and Tenue Préférée. There you can go with your own clothes for a restyling with clothes from the shop.

Do you have clothes that need a repair? Just bring them in at the tailor's. Some stores, like Launchroom, also offer a repair service. Some brands, such as MMOI and HNST and many others, also allow you to send in your clothes if they need to be repaired. Check COSH! from time to time and find out what other brands offer these kinds of services.

3. Repurpose

But what about that heap of clothes on the left? Don't throw them away! There are plenty of charities that can use your forgotten clothes. Donate it to the Recycling Shop, Oxfam or World Mission Aid. This way you can help make the world a better place while cleaning up your wardrobe.

4. Recycle

What you can also do is recycle your clothes. Many companies collect old garments to make new ones. Here are a few examples:

  • Vanhulley: Collects old shirts to make boxer shorts for men, women and children.
  • Swedish Stockings: this brand puts a box in every participating shop where you can drop off your old nylon stockings. They make new ones and so the circle stays round.
  • HNST Jeans: bring your worn-out jeans to EDO Collective, Pure or to Hack Your Jeans and have them made into a new pair.
  • Faguo: this French brand collects clothes and shoes to give them a second life in their own collections or with other brands.
  • Mud jeans: this brand also collects old jeans. Just bring them in at the participating shops, such as Supergoods and Harvest Club.

Would you like to know more of these brands? Be sure to follow COSH! on social media!

5. Rethink

If you really need new pieces, don't get caught by the low prices! Think carefully about what you're buying. And in this thinking process we can certainly help you. Indicate on our platform what you need and we'll give you the brands and shops where you can find them! When shopping, be sure to keep the thirty-wears rule in mind. This rule states that before buying a particular item of clothing, you should ask yourself whether you will wear the item 30 times. Limit yourself to buying 10-20 pieces per year. In this way you avoid an overcrowded wardrobe, a lot of panic attacks and at the same time you're doing your bit towards a better planet.

Avoid the Fast Fashion chains: many garments are not of the highest quality and will never reach this number, so be aware of what purchases you make and be sure to look at the fibre composition. It explains a lot more about the piece than you would think. Also look at the way it is stitched. Is the stitching done sloppily and are threads hanging loose? Then look at the price. 100% certain this piece costs too little. Always keep in mind: a T-shirt for the price of a large coffee is not durable and will certainly not last thirty wears!

Now that you've read these 5 tips, it's best to get dressed before applying them. Because you won't get much done in your underwear. Which one will you try on already? Let us know via a story on Instagram and we will share it with the community!

The COSH!-team wishes you a Happy, healthy and eco New Year!