Universal Standard wants to offset the amount of waste that happens in the fashion industry, mainly around “fast fashion” (i.e., purchasing a bunch of low-cost, typically low-quality clothes, and tossing them as soon as the items see wear and tear — which is usually fast, hence the name), so starting today, the women-owned clothing brand is offering up to $100 to customers as an incentive to “reset, recycle, refresh.” We’ve always loved Universal Standard for their mission to prioritize inclusivity in fashion, and now they’re taking that mission a step further and also focusing on sustainability. Hell to the yes.
“This initiative is part of Universal Standard’s larger goal to dismantle socialized stereotypes and address accessibility to break the cycle of unfair bias in the industry. The announcement of RESET RECYCLE REFRESH comes at a time when people are more conscious of how/where they spend and are in search of ways to positively impact the world,” Universal Standard stated.
With Marimole’s (a company that specializes recycling textiles) support, Universal Standard wants customers to participate, and it’s super easy to do so! Here’s what you need to do.
1. Buy a $4.50 recycling back from Universal Standard and indicate how many clothing items you want to recycle.
2. Once you get the bag (select here), you can fill it with 4 items.
3. Send the bag via UPS to Marimole with prepaid and pre-labeled postage.
4. Once it’s been shipped, you’ll get $100 ($25 per item you recycled) worth of credit emailed to you.
It pays to be awesome to the planet. If you’re planning on participating, here are some items we’ve been eyeing that’ll give our fall wardrobes a minimalistic refresh.
The Hannah Denim Shirt Dress is the perfect transitional outfit, since we can wear it on an exceptionally warm fall day, or bulk it up by adding tights or pants. Made of lightweight denim that gives you plenty of stretch, we’re pretty sure we could sleep in this dress if we wanted.
This crisp collar shirt is perfect for #profesh Zoom calls or just going out on a date with your partner or friend. It’s made from silky cotton poplin, so it’s super comfortable (not literally “crisp” feeling, which is a good thing). It also comes with secret snaps that prevent the dreaded gapes between buttons.
If you’re in need of a simple crew sweater, we especially love the Lauren Core sweatshirt that’s made with fleece so it’s extra cozy.
Behold: The pants that make you look effortlessly cool. Made from satin-back crepe, these pants feel more like PJs, which is definitely more of our vibe these days anyway. Plus, the pockets are a nice touch.
Whether you’re channeling Shiv Roy from Succession or Theo from Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, a basic turtleneck is a must during the fall and winter season.
The Carmen Satin Bomber Jacket in “Deep Sea” is our wardrobe crush of the season. Perfect for chilly fall days or cooler evenings, this bomber will add a classy-cool vibe to any outfit you put together. Even if it includes your yoga pants.
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