7 apps that will help you curate a sustainable wardrobe

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For those looking to start shopping sustainably, here are 7 of the best sustainable apps you can buy now.

This Thursday marks World Earth Day, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of climate change and global warming every year. What better place to start than your wardrobe?

Fashion is one of the worst offenders when it comes to our environment. Greenpeace explain in this fantastic article that clothing is now seen as parallel to single-use plastics in terms of environmental impact due to the similarities of the buy-once-and-throw-it-away attitude that fast fashion encourages.

Since 2000 the production of clothing has doubled, whilst the number of times a garment was worn before it was thrown away decreased by 36% between 2000 and 2015.

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Now an average of 35kg of textile waste is produced by each person in the US. £140 million worth of clothing is sent to landfill every year here in the UK, while due to charity shops being inundated with low quality donations (during the COVID-19 pandemic some even stopped accepting donations), more than half of clothing dropped off ends up in landfill or is incarcerated.

However it’s not all doom and gloom. The sustainable fashion industry is quickly expanding, whether through the rise of slow fashion brands or apps that help consumers become more eco-friendly.

Whether you’re looking to swap your clothes or buy pre-loved garments, we’ve found 7 of the best apps you can download to help you to kick off your sustainable fashion journey now.

Nuw

Nuw logo in front of five women dressed in colourful outfits

Nuw is an exciting and easy-to-use app that allows you to swap the clothes you no longer love for those you will.

Simply upload your unwanted item and you’ll receive either a silver or gold token, depending on the retail value of your garment. You can browse the app’s catalogue of clothes and request items of your choice, while yours will also get snapped up by an interested buyer.

The recipient covers the postage, meaning you don’t have to spend a penny clearing out your wardrobe and it will only cost you a couple of quid to get yourself something new.

Read more about the app here.

Download Nuw on Apple or Android.

Depop

Depop logo featuring d over red background

If you haven’t heard of Depop, where have you been? The reselling app just seems to be getting bigger and bigger as years go by.

Many sellers offer a variety of vintage and upcycled items, while others simply sell their unused clothes. It’s a great place for looking for those items you never bought and wished you did.

Download Depop on Apple or Android.

By Rotation

By Rotation logo, featuring a small BR in pink over a dark green background

One of the easiest ways to achieve a sustainable wardrobe is not by shopping at all, but renting instead.

By Rotation, which launched in October 2019, offers a wide variety of beautiful clothing available to borrow at a low cost directly from the app, with offerings from brands GANNI, Sister Jane, Staud, Rixo and many more.

Users upload clothing and handbags they’re willing to loan others, so it’s perfect if you’re looking to make a few quid – but it’s also a great idea if you’re heading to a swanky event and don’t want to shell out a large sum of money on a nice dress you’ll wear once.

Read more about how to rent out your clothes here.

Download By Rotation on Apple or Android.

Good On You

Good On You logo in black and white

Good On You is the most useful resource for anyone looking to get clued up on sustainable fashion.

The app lists over 3,000 fashion brands, which are all rated by their comprehensive system. Users can simply look up labels to find out the impact their practises are having on the environment as well as their treatment of garment workers and animals too.

Plus, the app offers ethical shopping advice and exclusive offers from those you can trust.

Download Good On You on Apple or Android.

reGAIN

reGAIN app logo featuring a green t-shirt with a white heart and arrows suggesting a circular fashion economy

reGAIN works by offering users discount coupons when they donate unwanted clothes to charity or a drop off point.

Working with the British Red Cross, the app offers an incentive to clearing out your wardrobe by offering users money off clothing, footwear, nutrition products, homeware and even travel.

Download reGAIn on Apple or Android.

Vinted

Vinted logo featuring white V over turquoise background

If you’ve grown tired of eBay, why not try Vinted instead?

While it might not be quite as well-known as the online auction website, Vinted is dedicated solely to second hand fashion and beauty – meaning there’s more bargains on there than you can shake a stick at.

Vinted has a variety of clothing, ranging from high-end vintage from luxury designers such as Prada, Dior and Gucci, to unbelievably affordable items straight off the high-street.

The best bit? You can sleep soundly at night knowing you’re helping the planet by shopping here.

Read more about where to shop vintage clothing online here.

Download Vinted on Apple or Android.

Vestiare Collective

Vestiaire collective logo featuring a black V. over a red background

Get 30% to 70% off luxury fashion items by shopping pre-loved from Vestiaire Collective.

The app boasts the world’s largest collection of second hand luxury items and if you’re not looking to spend, it’s easy to upload your pre-loved designer items onto Vestiaire and make some extra cash.

The app includes clothing, jewellery, shoes, handbags, childrenswear and menswear, meaning there really is something for everyone.

Download Vestiare Collective on Apple or Android.

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