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Allow me to introduce Jazmine Rogers' Sunbeam. The YouTube star is living proof that you don't need a PhD in sustainability to achieve a greener lifestyle. Just watch a video on their YouTube channel or scroll through their social media feed once and you will be overwhelmed by a burst of color that you didn't know you needed. More importantly (at least to me, given my 2021 goal of becoming a more attentive fashion consumer), You will be exposed to a number of tips on how to limit your material usage and you will realize, damn it, I have to follow your lead stat.
We both had a chat, and Rogers shared her shopping mission with me, first and foremost, to make sure she invests High quality pieces that are ethically and sustainably produced. One brand she often turns to is Levi's®, which is also my personal favorite denim label. It turns out that our denim company of choice is developing more environmental initiatives that reduce the brand's carbon footprint. Its website says, "It's about making better choices, like sourcing more sustainable materials and finding ways to use less water."
Rogers says to me, "I screamed honestly when I put these Levi & # 39; s on® High loose jeans because they felt so great. It's made from cotton hemp, one of my favorite sustainable fabrics because the material is buttery and breathable. I'm comfortable enough to do a random bike or lounge around the house all day. I know most Gen Zers are obsessed with baggy pants right now, but can you blame us? This type of cut is so flattering and a timeless style that I can imagine for years to come."I needed to know more, not only because I'm generally interested in everything Rogers has to say, but also because, as a fashion editor, it's important that I have all the information I need before making an informed decision Here is Rogers' attitude towards living a more mindful lifestyle.
What are your top five tips for anyone looking to lead a sustainable lifestyle?
1) Learning: Educating yourself will help ground you and guide you while making a positive impact.
2) Assess: Take the time to assess which mindful practices you are already using and in which areas you would like to grow.
3) Community: Feeling that you are against the world is daunting and doesn't have to be that way. Make friends with others who are traveling. Sustainability is a growing value in all communities and subcultures, including those of which you already belong.
4) Have fun: It's exciting to try new things. Start your own inner garden, try out new outfit combinations with your current wardrobe, cook a new herbal recipe, etc. Limits increase creativity and creativity nourishes the soul.
5) Give yourself grace: like every new thing you do, you become screw up, and that's okay! Only when we can learn from our mistakes and failures can we grow.
Can you give a starter pack to someone who is just starting out in a more sustainable fashion?
In order to make my wardrobe more sustainable, I follow the Buyerarchy of Needs. As in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, we need to take actions at the bottom of the pyramid before the top, so I approach building my wardrobe by loving what I already have. then I look to swap / swap with friends. Next comes thrift and making my own pieces, and last comes buying something new.
This system is just a tool that I've found helpful – it's not a rigid rule. Doing the best you can and working for change is all anyone can ask for.
Her style is beautiful and colorful – explain how to keep shopping fun while sourcing ethical products.
As I said before, limitations encourage creativity, and I believe this is especially true of sustainable fashion. The challenge of trying to love what I have forces me to try new combinations and get a deeper sense of appreciation for them. Hence my hashtag "#RewearThat"! When I add new pieces to my wardrobe, I tend to go for bright colors and funky pattern combinations that are reminiscent of my favorite childhood cartoons. These are easiest to find when I'm frugal, but I feel like there are more and more sustainable brands out there that are becoming more versatile, and that's what I'm here for.
When did you start living a lower impact lifestyle and what inspired you to do it?
In college, I joined my university's anti-trafficking club and learned how the fashion industry is the main culprit of modern day human trafficking. I then took one Ecology course that helped me fall in love with the environment and showed me that our consumerist habits are destroying it. After that, I knew I had to change my ambitions and started my anti-fast fashion challenge by documenting the trip online.
How do you see the future of purchasing as sustainable?
Let me start by saying that I am so happy with how much has changed so far. The term "sustainable fashion" was something that many people hadn't thought of a few years ago. W.As people continue to push for brands to get better, I hope for wider sizing, accessible price points, and continued commitment and transparency in treating people and the planet fairly.
What do you think of buying better and wearing longer as a sustainability strategy?
In all fairness, many environmental problems would be solved if we all had access and the desire to shop better and less frequently. The way our society is structured, we consume more resources than the earth has to offer and often do not think about the waste that is generated. Our planet can no longer sustain this type of consumption. While we must hold larger companies and governments accountable, we would all benefit if everyone took a step back to assess their personal consumption and took steps to buy less and invest in quality products when they can. Levi's jeans are built to last. Check out almost any vintage store – most of the time you can see someone selling a pair from years ago and they're always in great shape.