By Anastasia Ovchinnikova
What is sustainability day?
Did you know we celebrate Sustainability day every year in October?
Never heard of it? No worries, in fact sustainability day means exactly that, a day dedicated to being sustainable and rethinking our rituals. Keep reading if you want to know how we celebrated this day.
In the past there were very few designers and brands willing to leave the norm and try creating fashion in a less harmful way to our environment. But as we are clearly noticing, sustainability is not something we hear once in a blue moon anymore, the term is highly used in the fashion industry. Designers and brands are not only adopting the principles of sustainability but start incorporating sustainability in every phase of creating clothing, from eco-materials to eco-packaging.
This is why (amongst many other reasons) every 4th Wednesday of October we celebrate Sustainability Day. So, this year 2020 we celebrated on 28th October.
What is sustainability day?
Firstly, what is sustainability day? Well the name is says it all! Sustainability Day was created to remind people of the importance of caring for the environment and the steps to do so. Currently, on the last Wednesday of every October, schools, universities, business and organisations dedicate the day to sustainability.
How do they do that? Some spend time of the day teaching colleagues about what is recyclable in their office and what is not. Some dedicate the day build sustainable strategies, others pledge to double-sided print on paper or buying only recycled paper and stationery. Using natural sunlight and ventilation for the day and so on.
The Netherlands is no stranger to this day, ‘”Dag van de Duurzaamheid” they call it. The day is intended as a showcase for sustainability initiatives. Thousands of schools participate in sustainable campaigns, starting from lessons about waste separation to conferences at a universities. And that’s not all, the Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week, was to part sustainability campaigns.
How to get involved
There are many ways you can get involved and you can do this alone or collectively, you don’t have to necessary do something extraordinary or start a riot. To celebrate this day you could simply re-think some of your habits and rituals. As easy as that!
Here are some ideas we wrote down:
#1 Donate your clothes instead of throwing them in the bin.
#2 Today, why not ride the bike instead of the car (why not every day!).
#3 Can you shorter shower?
#4 Recycle, reuse, repurpose clothes (eh, not just clothes).
#5 Use a reusable water bottle, or reusable straws anybody?
#6 Support and look into brands that are sustainable. Don’t know where to find them?
#7 If you you are shopping online today, order locally.
#8 Why not try to buy second-hand clothes.
#9 Give it a go to vegan boots and bags (we have some good ones on Renoon).
#10 And finally, buy less and buy better!
Ta-dah! That’s it and this is just the tip of the iceberg of a whole lot of strategies.
By the way, at Renoon is always sustainability day!
Some items we love from LVRSustainable