At FOR ART'S SAKE, we always say that we try to be as sustainable as possible. Sustainability is a hot term these days, but what does it actually mean?
Sustainability means we try to reduce our waste as much as possible and give back to the earth as much as we take from it when we make and sell our sunglasses. (You can read more about our FAS Loving Project here).
We give to two fantastic charities in order to give back to the world, but we want to promote a sustainable lifestyle within our company culture and amongst our employees as well. And we'd like to share these tips with you, too! Read on to make 3 easy, small changes to your lifestyle that will help reduce your carbon footprint, and give back to the world!
1. Buy less, choose well.
This is a mantra that we see a lot in fashion sustainability circles these days, and for good reason! Heralded by the likes of Vivienne Westwood, the 'Buy less, choose well' mentality is a great one to adopt for a greener 2018, if you haven't started already. We make our sunglasses with two principles in mind: style and quality. We wanted to make affordable luxury sunglasses, built to last out of the finest, premium materials, that were also stylish and unique. Instead of buying fifty cheap sunglasses that will break, or that you will easily lose, why don't you buy a pair of FOR ART'S SAKE sunglasses that will last, and that you will cherish forever?
2. Say no to plastic lids and straws at cafés
Better yet--carry a tumbler or KeepCup with you! Did you know plastic takes over 400 years to decompose? That means one careless, thoughtless toss of a plastic lid or straw will enter the environment and pollute it for 5 times our lifetime. That's a massive impact for such a small item, if you think about it! You may not think much of drinking your orange juice out of a straw, but think about the long-term impact, and next time, remember to ask specifically not to have the straw!
3. Buy vintage and donate your clothes
A really easy, obvious way to reduce your carbon foot print is to buy vintage and donate or sell your old clothes, instead of throwing them away. Partnered with the 'Buy less, choose well' mentality, buying vintage is a great way to have unique pieces that only you will have. You'll end up with a closet full of gems--both from vintage markets and up scale, good quality brands (buy less, choose well). When you have a garment that you don't wear anymore, sell it and make some cash, donate it to a charity shop, or--if it's really in disrepair--give it to H&M!
Try and see if you can implement all three points into your lifestyle this year! And let us know how you get on by interacting with us over on Instagram.