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Reduce, Reuse, Restyle

This season’s hottest fashions might not be at your local mall. In fact, they might already hang inside your closet! Okay, maybe you’re itching for that new military jacket in the window of your favorite store, but buying cheap clothes isn’t the way to reduce your ecological footprint. Fast-fashion stores create a lot of factory waste and have been linked to sweatshop labor. Take a hint from eco-fashion designers and ethically minded consumers who are hunting down eco-friendly or fair trade options and repurposing un-new items to make fun and fabulous fashions. According to Tara St. James, designer of the sustainable label Covet, it’s more important than ever that we reevaluate our shopping habits. “It’s human nature to get sick of your clothes, but I encourage people to fight that feeling,” she says. Here are a few ways to do just that.

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