Sustainable fashion is important and must be taught from an early age: that’s why
Sustainable fashion is important and the sooner you understand what it means, the better. I am of the idea that even the little ones should be taught what sustainable fashion is: if even children are stimulated to sensitivity and attention, they can only become more aware adults.
- How to talk about sustainable fashion to children: fabrics
- How to talk about sustainable fashion to children: purchases
- How to talk about sustainable fashion to children: labor
- How to talk about sustainable fashion to children: the care of clothes
- To conclude
How to talk about sustainable fashion to children: fabrics
Both for us mothers and for our children, it is essential to learn the importance of the use, whenever possible, of natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, hemp, wool, silk (yes, even for very small ones) . If we get our children used to natural materials, it will be more difficult for their skin to develop those annoying skin rashes, often due to incorrect perspiration. For example, it is better for newborns to wear wool, silk or even pure silk, perhaps that burette, on the skin since they are very small: it is hypoallergenic and thermoregulatory, so the little ones will not sweat, even in summer.
How to talk about sustainable fashion to children: purchases
If our children see us mothers buying second hand, they will be led to think that it is a way like any other to buy. There will be nothing “shameful”, nothing “dirty” or abnormal. Buying second hand or having the clothes passed by relatives and friends (as it was once done) will therefore be normal even when they become older and they will be able to choose. In this way it will be easier for them to first look into the second hand circuit and only then buy something new. Sometimes it takes very little to get them used to it: instead of buying a new carnival costume or ski suit (items that you wear very little) we show them that we ask for them on loan or that we buy them used. We will make them understand that there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, which is normal.
How to talk about sustainable fashion to children: labor
If we make our children understand that every garment has a value, regardless of its price, they will learn to consider it differently. They will understand that a T-shirt is not like an ice cream, even if, at times, it has the same cost: behind there is labor, there is raw material, there are people who often make it by hand and who may have a children’s home in turn. Without frightening them, we make them understand that everything, regardless of the cost, has a value: we teach them to take care of their clothes, as they do with their toys.
How to talk about sustainable fashion to children: the care of clothes
This is a speech that follows what I wrote a little while ago: if the garments are treated well, they last over time and can in turn be passed on to younger siblings, cousins and friends. Let them participate, let them notice that we mend, sew buttons and that, if a pair of pants is torn on the knees and the patches no longer hold, it can be cut. Long pants will become short and we will have taught our children about upcycling in a fun, easy and concrete way.
It goes without saying that all these actions are more spontaneous and daily, the more effective they are. If we mothers first show our children that these actions are natural, they do not cost us effort and are, above all, a habit, even for them to imitate us will be easier. We know that children learn much more from actions and behaviors than from lessons or words they hear us say. So we mothers also begin to apply these simple moves in our daily life. The result will be twofold: our children will learn something concrete for their future and our whole family will have made a gesture of love for the planet!