If you care about women’s empowerment, social justice or the environment, then our conscious fashion movement is for you. Here are our top 4 ways to slow down fast fashion:

1. Say no to fast fashion:

The first step in selecting clothes is to say no to fast fashion. Fast fashion companies like Forever21 or H&M trap a generation of women into poverty and cause planetary destruction. Clothes that cost less than a cup of your favorite cup of coffee, cannot be made in a way that keeps her safe.

2. Invest in everlasting pieces:

While slow fashion brands are more expensive, our community has found that brands that are built to last actually save you money over time. A Patagonia basic, Levi’s jeans, Veja sneakers are built to last. A $5 tee is meant to fall apart in 5 washes. So consider investing in fewer, better things. Our capsule collection is a way to get you started.

3. Rent:

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For weddings, cocktail parties, black tie events or to have variety when it comes to your handbags and accessories, there is an entire rental model industry that has sprung up. Here are some of our favorite rental brands that are fashion forward.

4. Vintage:

From clothing swaps to consignment stories, there are tons of ways to slow down the staggering amount of clothes we send to landfills, save money and still be a conscious consumer.

How do you do slow fashion? We’d love to know! Join the conversation below.

This article is adapted from its original appearance on Quora – the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

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