How to dress sustainably ft Heiko Clothing | Gifted

 Well hello to you my reader chums! This past year, I've tried to take the step in living more sustainably and doing my part in trying to help the planet; it really is the little things that can help. I've made eco-friendly changes to my beauty routine, shared how to travel more sustainably and other lifestyle tips.

One thing that is hugely affecting the planet is fashion, fast fashion to be more precise. The type of clothes that are unethically made in the masses and sold cheaply worldwide. I used to be a shopping addict and spend excess money on clothes I really didn't need and I never actually thought about where they came from. However, in a bid to reduce my personal carbon footprint, I've taken a huge step back with my wardrobe and started to rethink my choices, spending habits, and how I can dress more sustainably.

How to dress sustainably

Heiko Clothing is a sustainable clothing brand I saw on my Instagram feed and fell in love with their ethics and designs of their clothes straight away. When they offered to send me some items, I was so excited. They started the brand with one goal in mind - to bring an affordable eco-friendly and fashionable alternative to the market. The team at Heiko works closely with independent designers to create lovely pieces and aim to work together to save our planet. Amazing ethics to match some super cute clothes.

What did I think of Heiko Clothing?

The team at Heiko kindly send me two t-shirts which the prints 'plants are friends' and one with an ice cream cone, the earth being the ice cream to represent the damage being done to the planet. And, a tote bag with 'planet or plastic?' I'm a massive tote bag fan so when this arrived, you can imagine I was thrilled. I love how Heiko are representing the message about the planet on their clothing as it's a bold way to make people think.

I'm a sucker for a caption or printed tee and I definitely will be getting my use out of them, pairing the tops with denim skirts or jeans and a cosy cardigan over the top in the autumn months. The texture of the tops is well made and I know it's going to last through wash after wash, due to the material.

A lot of sustainable brands I come across are really expensive, however, at Heiko, it's the same sort of prices I spend in Topshop - so I think it's much better to invest in a brand with better morals for the planet than a larger corporation.

If you're looking to shop more sustainable or make eco-friendly choices when it comes to your wardrobe, here are a few ways to dress more sustainably:

  • Second-hand shopping - I've been doing this a lot lately and utilising Depop as much as possible. The temptation out there for high street shopping is unreal, however, when I scroll on Depop, my high street is already there. People are selling clothes that have barely been worn for half the price so it's a no brainer really. Also, charity shops, Gumtree, and Facebook marketplace are great places for some second-hand clothes.
  • Do your research into clothing shops - A lot of big companies 'greenwash' which means they claim to be eco-friendly with what they're selling but if you dig a little deeper, their clothes aren't actually ethical. Research into the companies, what they stand for, and how their clothing is being made - and invest your money correctly.
  • Invest in sustainable clothing - You don't need every cute top you see on the market as much as you think it'll look good on Instagram (I'm terrible for doing this.) But, instead,  try and buy more versatile pieces from sustainable brands. They may cost more, but in the long run, they'll last a lot longer and you won't be needing to pick up new clothes as often (shoutout to Heiko Clothing here.)
  • Rework your wardrobe - I can guarantee you have pieces in your wardrobe that you have and don't wear ever - I know I do. And, it's these pieces that you can utilise and style in different ways to make a whole new outfit.
  • Clothes swap with friends and family - We all have at least one friend of similar clothing size to us so instead of repurchasing a new outfit for a night out, shop in their wardrobe, and they can do the same with you. It'll be a new look because you haven't worn it before and it'll save you money.
  • Make new clothes - If you're feeling really creative, one of the best ways to be sustainable is by making your own clothes or altering pieces you already have in your wardrobe. I've seen this a lot on Instagram lately and I think it's so inventive and fun too.
How to dress sustainably ft Heiko Clothing | Gifted


You can find more about Heiko Clothing on their website, Instagram, or Facebook.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What other sustainable clothing tips do you have?

Thank you for reading <3

44 comments

  1. I think it's important that we all research shops and clothing brands in terms of their sustainability before buying as greenwashing has become an issue in the fashion industry. I love the t shirt and the tote bag, they're adorable! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. I completely agree with you! Thanks so much, I'm in love with them xx

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  2. I love that you are making an effort to be more sustainable all around! Reworking my wardrobe and cutting it down to clothes I can pair well was a big help in always having clothes I can pair with many different items, which ends up eliminating a need to buy more. :)

    I also love finding treasures second-hand!
    Thanks so much for sharing.

    Jaya | www.ninchronicles.com

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    1. Thank you lovely! Yesss, I absolutely love doing this - and a second hand bargain is superb xx

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  3. I've started to think about this a lot more of late. In the past I've been guilty of just buying new stuff and not really looking into the ethics of the companies I'm dealing with.

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    1. I think it's such an important thing to think about and spread awareness of xx

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  4. These are great tips for sustainable fashion. I'm trying to invest in classic pieces that I can wear season after season.
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I've been trying to do this more and spend more money on them as it'll last xx

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  5. thank you for sharing lovely ways to dress up without hurting the planet!

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing all of these tips and I like your outfit. You look so beautiful.

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  7. Love this post so much !
    These are such great tips , clothes swapping with friends is something I learned in uni and of course, thrifting. I love that sustainable fashion is becoming such a norm.

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    1. Thank you lovely! I'm so glad it's becoming the norm too xx

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  8. I love this post! So many great tips and so many easy ways to dress sustainably! I am really careful when I shop for clothing and this brand sounds really up my street!

    Rosie

    loverosiee.co.uk

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  9. I started only shopping sustainably for clothes at the beginning of 2020 and I'm always looking for new brands to try so I'll definitely be bookmarking these thank you for sharing! xxx

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    1. That's amazing, thank you so much! I'm glad it could help xx

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  10. I absolutely adore the prints of those t-shirts - so cute! Definitely think it's important to start thinking about sustainability!

    Tash // A Girl with a View

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    1. Aren't they? I'm obsessed! I completely agree xx

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  11. These are all lovely, I think my daughter would fight me for either or both of the t-shirts! And yes to second hand shopping, you can find some fab bargains :)

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  12. You look so cute!
    xx- Nina
    http://www.stylingwithnina.com/2020/10/how-to-style-snake-printed-blazer.html

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  13. I love resale shops and visit them regularly. I should try to research sustainability b4 I purchase anything new. Thanks for the tips.

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    1. They're great places to shop! Thanks for your lovely comment, glad it helped x

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  14. I'm trying to shop more sustainably too so this is super helpful! I've not heard of this brand before, but the t-shirts are so cute xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

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  15. Great tips! Green washing is becoming such a big problem, it's such a shame that you can have good intentions and think you're choosing a better option without knowing the full picture. I'm currently trying to be more sustainable, opting to spend a bit more on sustainable key pieces and trying to shop second hand where possible x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Thank you lovely! It really is a huge shame - and same here x

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  16. Lovely post! I like how sustainable fashion is getting popular as years go by. Keep promoting it :)

    thequeensights.com

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    1. Thank you! And same, it's good to know we're able to help our planet a little bit xx

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  17. This is a great article! Your tips are very handy.

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  18. These are some lovely designs and you've mentioned some great tips too. I've been trying to shop second-hand for the last couple of years. I also donate clothing rather than just throwing it away because it can always be used for something.

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    1. Thank you! That's so true - as they say 'one person's rubbish is another's treasure' xx

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  19. OMG you look amazing! Those designs are great, I love it!

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  20. It is so important to think about sustainability while shopping clothes... you look super cute in the pictures :-)
    Beauty and Fashion/Rampdiary/Glamansion

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  21. loved this post! thanks for sharing sweetie :)

    also followed on insta :D
    JadieeGosh

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  22. I haven't heard of this brand until now, but I've had a peep at their website and I really like some of their sweatshirts. I'm glad you shared about them. It's so encouraging to see more affordable ethical shops!

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