Fashion is an important aspect of human culture, but clothing manufactures and changing styles can be tough on the planet. In many cases, clothing that is no longer considered “fashionable” is discarded and ends up in land fills. Also, the process of manufacturing new clothing, depending on the methods and materials used, can also potentially harm the earth. Luckily, various options exist to attain a wardrobe that not only looks fabulous but is also friendly to the environment.
Plan a Specific Look
Buying clothing should be a long-term commitment, done with care and planning. While spontaneous purchases can be exciting, they often lose their splendor quickly, leading to throwing the garment away. On the contrary, purchasing a garment with outfit plans in mind increases the likelihood of it remaining a long-beloved wardrobe member.
Wash with Green Techniques
Procrastinating with laundry is actually friendly to the earth. Waiting for a full load, washing with the coldest possible temperature, and hanging dry to avoid the dryer saves time and energy. Non-toxic and biodegradable detergents are also kind to the ecosystem as well as gentle on clothing. Look for green brands at health stores or even local department stores.
Take Extra Care
Proper care of clothing prolongs its life, saving money and waste. Delicate or professional clothes, for example, should never be worn when mowing the lawn or tending the garden. Saving old, worn clothes for rough or dirty activities keeps the fashionable clothes fabulous. Repairing or tailoring clothes is also wiser than discarding them immediately.
Choose Organic Clothes
Organic cotton, which is free of fertilizers and pesticides, is a safer choice for people, wildlife, and the atmosphere. It is important, however, to make sure that every aspect of a garment is organic. Cool printed vest tops may claim organic material while containing pollutant chemical dyes. Choose clothes that are organic, or choose clothes made my companies who are striving to improve the environment. So be a smart, savvy shopper and do your research beforehand.
Learn About Fabrics
Fabrics of soy or corn may sound initially appealing as alternatives to poly or acrylic, but not all “green” fabrics are what they seem. For example, soy and corn fabric take much energy and many natural resources to manufacture. Learning all about a fabric before making a purchase is wise.
Even with the rise of eco-friendly clothing companies, fashion still produces pollution and waste that slowly deteriorate the natural beauty and health of the ecosystem. However, with such simple tips to make any wardrobe green and friendly to the environment, looking great and being kind to the earth has never been so fun and easy.