As you are well aware by now, the byword of the modern world is “sustainability.” From the way you and I travel to the way we dress, there is a drive for sustainable solutions. When it comes to fashion, sustainability is no longer the privilege of the rich.
Nowadays, you too can dress to impress and wear clothes made in a responsible fashion, pun intended. A short guide on eco-fashion should help you lead a sustainable lifestyle when it comes to the clothing you wear.
Switching to second-hand clothing
Personally, I like shopping in second-hand stores because of two reasons. Firstly, I get to save money and secondly, I am certain that I haven’t cost the planet new resources needed to make my new sweater or T-shirt
Perceived as such, second-hand shops are a win-win situation for the average shopper. If you are lucky to track down garments that haven’t been worn much, not only do you get a chance to save at least 50% of the original price but you help protect the environment.
Speak softly and carry a big bag
Another useful method that you are already using when shopping in a supermarket is to carry a big bag with you when you go shopping. Because fashion items cost a lot more than your average set of groceries, big brands have no problem offering large plastic bags.
Although the list of countries which have placed a ban on single-use plastic bags is long, you can still get them at a clothes shop. These are larger in size but they are still plastic! However, if you bring a bag, perhaps linen one or one made from recyclable materials from home, you can turn down the cashier when they try to place the items you bought in a branded plastic bag.
When you think of clothes that are sustainable, you usually think of everyday clothing items. In reality, there isn’t an accessory that cannot be made in a sustainable way, sportswear included. If you wish to find out more about how the plastic salvaged from the ocean can be turned into running socks, then click here to educate yourself on the topic.
In general, everything from timers to jerseys can be made responsible, using recycled materials. Even professional sports teams are adopting new patterns of behavior that exclude the manufacturing of new fibers for their team’s gear.
Altering your shopping habits
Speaking of behavior patterns, have you considered changing your shopping habits? Namely, think about whether you need a T-shirt or a skirt you have just tried on. Sure, it might look good to you but if you own five of six similar T-shirts, then there is really no need for another one.
Don’t get us wrong, this doesn’t mean that you should lack any clothes whatsoever. Changing your shopping habits not only stops you from wasting money but it helps keep the clothes manufacturing industry in check.
Clear the wardrobe regularly
What is better than shopping at a second-hand store? Selling or donating to one! Once in awhile remember to check your wardrobe for unwanted garments. A shirt might go out of fashion or you grow too big for a dress, so it is time to get rid of those pieces of clothing.
Instead of throwing these pieces of clothing into the bib, you can donate them, sell them for a bargain or give up for recycling. Which of the three methods listed you decide on largely depends on the region you live in. For instance, the Red Cross has donation drop-off boxes in several parts of the world.
Once you have met the 5 requirements listed here, you are on a good way to start leading a sustainable lifestyle, at least when it comes to fashion. Be fully aware of the fact that clothing manufacturers are actively listening to the needs of their customers so you, I, and other eco-aware people have a real chance of making a positive environmental impact globally.