Zero Waste Fashion: How to Build a Head-to-Toe Look

In this video Amanda shows us her favorite zero waste and sustainable products, clothes, and makeup.

Give your wardrobe a sustainable upgrade with these zero waste fashion essentials.

In this episode of LIVEKINDLY With Me, blogger Amanda Castillo shows us how to build a head-to-toe zero waste look.

“Spring month is almost upon us; Earth Month is almost here. There’s never a bad time to incorporate more zero waste practices into your life,” she says. 

But, what exactly does zero waste mean? According to the Zero Waste International Alliance, it’s defined as “the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health.”

“At its core, the goal of zero waste is to push economies towards a target of sending no waste to landfills, incinerators, and the ocean,” Castillo says.

But she adds that living a completely zero waste lifestyle may be difficult for some. “Being zero waste isn’t about being perfect,” she explains. “It’s all about everyone coming together and trying the best that they can.”

Zero Waste Fashion: How to Build a Head-to-Toe Look
Castillo opts for a natural look using makeup products from Elate Beauty Cosmetics. | Amanda Castillo/LIVEKINDLY

Zero Waste Fashion Essentials

For zero waste fashion staples, she opts for thrifting her clothes rather than buying them new. “Some benefits of thrifting include saving resources because you’re not creating a new garment,” she explains. “And, at the same time, you’re saving a clothing item from going to a landfill.” 

For her look, Castillo uses all thrifted pieces. “I’m so excited to show you guys the corduroy pants and tweed jacket that I got. Literally, best finds ever,” she says.

But, she notes, shopping in person during the coronavirus pandemic can be challenging for some. “There are some amazing options of thrifting online like ThredUp, Poshmark, and Depop,” she explains.

“Now, we have to order some makeup,” Castillo says. “Makeup is so hard because a lot of the times it just comes in plastic containers.”

Castillo opts for a natural look using makeup products from Elate Beauty Cosmetics. “They actually offer a wide range of zero waste sustainable products that are certified vegan, certified cruelty-free, and gluten-free,” she says.

Castillo gets her go-to products: concealer and mascara. The former is packaged in compostable a bamboo and seed paper envelope, which can be planted. The latter is packaged in the same compostable bamboo, however it uses a recyclable plastic innertube. But, she says, it’s still a great option for reducing plastic use.