Have you ever asked yourself, where your clothing comes from right down to the thread?
As a culture, we tend to overlook this very simple but important truth: every article of clothing made today has an environmental cost. While this cost may seem insignificant at first glance, it can add up quickly with your every buying decision.
There is one alternative that produces higher quality garments while also reducing its negative impact on the environment (*spoiler alert” it’s already in the title): made-to-order garments.
Made-to-order fashion is the new face of sustainable fashion.
Here are 10 reasons why made-to-order garments are better for the environment;
1. Custom Fit
Did you know? The most common reason for returns is a poor fit. And yet, it’s incredibly hard to find clothes that truly fit you perfectly right?
Thankfully, we can have our own custom fit with made-to-order garments. Made-to-order dresses, tops, skirts, and more allow you to customize products to their specifications - down to the size, color, detailing, and even add-ons such as pockets and length adjustments. Now, who doesn’t love a good pocket?
2. Lasts Longer
How often have you purchased a piece of clothing at the mall or online, only to have it fall apart after a couple of wears? With made-to-order garments, you get to have the best quality materials while also having the option to choose a timeless design you can wear over and over again, without having to worry about how long it will last.
3. Use High-Quality Materials
Aside from the fit and timeless element, made-to-order garments are more focused on high-quality materials. This means producing clothing made using high-quality, eco-friendly textiles, such as linen, bamboo, tencel, hemp, and organic cotton – all long-lasting sustainable fibres.
4. Less Microfibers in the Ocean
By using high-quality eco-friendly materials, you also help divert microfibers in the oceans which usually come from synthetic garments. Every time we wash clothing made of polyester and nylon, about 1,900 individual microfibers are released into the water, which are then eaten by marine animals. These fibres also do not break down efficiently and can take up to 200 years to decompose. That sucks, right?
5. Less Surplus Waste
When we say made-to-order, it means that manufacturing will only begin once an order is received, rather than mass-producing garments without any evidence that they will sell. Because every garment is produced to order, this dramatically reduces waste and levels of surplus stock ending up in landfills.
7. Support Ethical Practices
Being environmentally friendly can also make you an ethical shopper. This means choosing brands whose products are made under ethical conditions. Made-to-order clothing comes with a higher price than fast fashion, but only because it is made using ethical and sustainable production methods where workers are treated fairly and paid a living wage.
8. Support Local Designers and Business
When you shop made-to-order garments, you also support designers and locally-owned businesses that are more than likely contribute to the community in a massive way. More and more local businesses are now transitioning to this business model and having your own made-to-order garment is now accessible. Remember, when you buy from small businesses, you also get to support a community of entrepreneurs advocating for the green movement.
9. Free Alterations
In some cases, made-to-order garments can offer free alteration services. So not only do you get a comfortable, flattering and breathable fit, but you also have the assurance that in case something changes, you can always have it adjusted with your trusted brand/ designer. Bonus: If the garment is designed with a timeless fit, it won’t be subject to trends throughout the years and will always look good.
9. Emotional Value
Made-to-order clothing brings back the romance and craftsmanship of the beginnings of the fashion industry, which reconnects us emotionally with our favorite pieces.
It replaces the usual robotic shopping transaction of buying off the rack with a human interaction that requires a conversation and the start of new friendships.
10. Purchase with a Purpose
Purchasing with a purpose means you are shopping with clear intention. It means avoiding the impulse buying of new clothing just because it’s on trend or it’s cheap.
When you buy made-to-order garments, you don’t only save time and money finding the perfect clothes for you, but you also help save the environment.
What’s more, there are also businesses like Allthingsfi that donates to a charity with your every purchase – making your payment worth it until the very last cent.
Considering the ten reasons made-to-order garments are better for the environment, Allthingsfi have changed our model starting with our linen range to create bespoke pieces for your sustainable wardrobe.
Just by choosing your sizes and noting your preferences (extended torso measurements, longer length skirts/ pants, etc.), we can help make your outfit come to life. Head to our Linen Range collection to know more: https://www.allthingsfi.com.au/collections/linen-range-made-in-australia.
Plus, it’s Australian made and our turnaround times for made-to-order is between 2-3 weeks. It doesn’t get better than this, right?