A Sustainable NYE Look

The holidays are all about over-indulging in everything – including shopping for new clothes! And with social media taking over our lives, I can see the need for shopping and adding to your closet for multiple looks that are always on trend. However, it’s doing more harm than good!

source

In the United States, the National Retail Federation forecasts that we will spend up to $655 billion total this holiday season. Shoes and clothing account for 41.5% of that spend. Additionally, the average American throws away 65 pounds of textile waste per year, so between new clothes being bought and the amount of clothes we end up tossing, can you imagine how terrible that can be for our landfills?

106sef1iucby52

I understand that consumers want new and different outfits and to stay on trend, but we must also be conscience of how bad this can be for the environment. There are companies out there that help eliminate waste and encourage renting or trading instead of buying and tossing – especially if you are only going to wear the item once. Companies like Tradesy, Armarium and Le Tote are all great examples. They give you the option of new looks but try their best not to add ANY textile waste to our landfills.

StyleLend, is the ultimate win-win service for the stylish, the sustainable & the bargainer. Not to mention for the month of December we will be donating 50% of their rentals to Fashion Revolution! Here is why you will love it:

  1. You get to wear designer clothes and new brands at a fraction of the retail cost, like a velvet dress for only $60
  2. It’s peer-to-peer, so you are extending the life of a garment.
  3. By renting you aren’t clogging your closet with items you might only wear once or twice
  4. You wear it and return it, they take care of the dry-cleaning
  5. Nationwide shipping, get it in two days or same day delivery in NYC

This year alone Style Lend has helped save 5,000 pounds of waste – all because people, like you and I, rented dresses like this Lace Mini dress by Self-Portrait or this Silk Curve dress by Zimmermann instead of buying them.

rjkjd1v80cjys

Now start renting your NYE looks!

1111

Advertisements

A Guide to Alice + Olivia

When we think of Alice + Olivia, we think delicate and whimsical.  But we also think of fun and bold; feminine yet eclectic.  It’s hard to pigeonhole.

Some pieces are soft and ethereal…

Wes Embellished Scallop Slip, Rent for $70

Blue and White One-Shoulder Pleated Dress, Rent for $45

Watercolor Maxi Dress, Rent for $35

Catrina Skirt, Rent for $70

…while others are more edgy and bold.  Fur jackets are all the rage, and Alice + Olivia designs are known to always be one step ahead of the trends.

alice and olivia fur coat 80

Beige Fawn Fur Jacket, Rent for $80

alice and olivia pants 44

Flora and Fauna Skinny Jeans, Rent for $44

Oh yeah, and they also have a self admitted obsession with beaded jackets.  Not that we can blame them.

White Maxine Embellished Jacket, Rent for $75

alice and olivia jacket 2 75

Rory Jacket, Rent for $75

Download the StyleLend app to check out all of our Alice + Olivia stuff!

 

 

The Green Fashionista

Earth Day– The birthday of the environmental movement that started back in the 1970’s. It’s a day where we reflect mindfully on our consumption, seek more environmentally friendly practices, and realize the value and importance of caring for our environment. After all, we have to live in it.

What does fashion and Earth Day have in common?

First, let’s start with this. How many items in your wardrobe collection have sat unused over the past year? Approximately 30% of the average American’s closet has not been worn in the past year.

You don’t have to convert to the lifestyle of a hippie to be more green. There’s small changes that you and I could easily make to our everyday lives to help mother nature out. That means less fast fashion, and smarter fashion purchases.

One of the easiest ways to be more green is to limit the amount of clothing we buy. Say what?!? According to the National Resources Defense Council, “textile-making is one of the most polluting industries in the world.” China seems to be the biggest culprit, accounting for over half of all the clothing that Americans buy, which the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates to be at $1700 per household annually.

Here are some stats:
• China disposes of nearly 3 billion tons of soot each year related to textile making
• Water discharge from textile mills is over 2.5 billion tons per year.
• Millions of tons of unused fabric at Chinese mills go to waste each year when dyed the wrong color according to the National Resources Defense Council

At Style Lend we think this should change! By no means are we suggesting to give up shopping, after all, it’s what we do best. Style is indicative of how we feel and how we want others to perceive us, the annihilation of shopping makes self-expression in the way we dress obsolete. There’s a more green way to shop, and it’s 100% eco friendly, it comes in the form of lending and renting.

Some smarter shopping stats:
• Renting allows you, the consumer to drastically reduce the amount of waste that these textile mills create on an annual basis.
• Renting allows you to change your style as often as you want.
• Renting allows you to the freedom to “shop” as much as you want.
• Lending allows you to put that 30% of your closet back to use.
• Lending allows you to be more green not just in the environmental way but in cash form as well.

StyleLend_Apr16_20

Renting & Lending is something that we could all easily do and it has the power to drastically reduce the waste and pollution that comes along with clothing production. You don’t have to make big lifestyle changes to impact the environment, sometimes small steps can go long ways.

Interested in more ideas of small changes?

Check out the Carbon Footprint Calculator to learn about your specific impact on the environment and what you can do to change.