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27 Sustainable Fashion Quotes To Live By

Last Updated: June 16, 2023

In the fast-paced world of fashion, sustainability is the latest style statement that is not just chic, but also deeply meaningful.

This article is an eclectic mix of thought-provoking sustainable fashion quotes from industry leaders, activists, and designers who are reshaping the future of fashion.

Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to feel inspired, enlightened, and even more committed to creating a more sustainable closet.

“The first step to slow fashion is to ask why before you buy.”

Elizabeth Joy

“Social media if fueling fast fashion, but fast fashion is also fueling social media.” 

Amanda McCarty

“As consumers, we have so much power to change the world by just being careful about what we buy.”

Emma Watson

“Sometimes people enjoy fashion, but they don’t know how to interact with it other than shopping.”

Jess Atkins of Stylebook

“Purchasing is always a moral act.”

Pope Francis

“Your t-shirt should cost more than your coffee.”


“No one wants to wear clothes that were made from someone’s blood.”

Amber Valetta

“Waste isn’t waste until we waste it.”


“Clothing is a really excellent place to start thinking critically about our values.”

 Elyse Holladay

“We can’t just consume our way to a more sustainable world.”


“Ethical fashion is the realization that there are human beings behind the clothes that we wear.”

Elizabeth Joy

“There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Colonialism is not a thing of the past, it is a current economic reality.”

Céline Semaan

“Buy less, choose well, make it last.”  

Vivienne Westwood

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

Robert Swan

“Demand quality not just in the products you buy, but in the life of the person who made it.”

Orsola de Castro

“Cheap fashion is really far from that, it may be cheap in terms of financial cost, but very expensive when it comes to the environment and the cost of human life.”

Sass Brown

“The most sustainable garment is the one already in your wardrobe.”

Orsola de Castro

“Fast fashion isn’t free. Someone somewhere is paying.”

Lucy Siegle

“Clothes aren’t going to change the world, the women who wear them will.”

Anne Klein

“Wear clothes that matter.”

Solitaire Townsend

“Sustainable fashion is not a trend, but the future”

Antonia Böhike

“We carry the story of the people who made our clothes.”

Ali Hewson

“Call it eco-fashion if you like, but I think it’s just common sense.”

Livia Firth

“When you wear vintage, you never have to worry about showing up in the same dress as someone else.”

Jessica Alba

“No more fashion victims.”

Katharine Hamnett

“Realize the political power of your money and spend it with the brands you know are treating their workers and the environment in the best possible way.”

Lily Cole

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