Climate change is a problem that needs large-scale solutions from governments and powerful international authorities. However, individuals can also play a role in battling this imminent crisis.
Without burdening themselves with too much, conscious citizens can bring small changes in their lifestyle to help the environment. And these small transformations could be in the form of their choice of clothes.
Why You Need to Build an Eco-Friendly Wardrobe
While some people perceive climate change as an impending disaster, there’s nothing ‘impending’ about this disaster. However, across hemispheres, icebergs are melting and the marine is feeling the brunt. Even natural landmarks such as the Great Barrier Reef are not safe from this catastrophe.
The fashion industry has a big role in all of this. It exploits natural resources and sends a huge amount of clothes waste to landfills where it emits greenhouse gases. Due to this reason, consumers need to adjust their lifestyle and avoid buying habits that encourage brands to further pollute the environment.
Here’s how you can go green while updating your closet:
1. Don’t Shop Without a Plan
Give up impulse buying and put more thought behind your shopping. Instead of piling up your closet with attires you wouldn’t wear twice, buy high-quality clothes that provide value in the long run.
Knowing what you want will not only save time, it will eliminate clutter. Ask yourself; is the right color? Does it fit me? How will complement the other items in my wardrobe? Would I be wearing this cute halter top a year from now? If the answer is negative, skip it.
Shopping responsibly is the corner store of ethical fashion. No matter how much you avoid leather and prefer hemp, careless shopping is bad for the environment.
2. Take Up a Life of Thrifting
When you’re in need of new clothes, take a trip to the nearest thrift store. The price will be lower and you’ll be saving a bunch of garments from ending up in the landfills. Similarly, try to be more environmentally conscious while disposing of your clothes.
Donate wearable clothes to thrift stores and churches. If there’s a kiosk in your locality that accepts used clothing and shoes, sell it there. Use unwearable clothes as rags or repurpose them for future use.
The environmental impact of fashion and clothes cannot be understated. Consider the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides for cotton. Not only does it expose the farmer and wildlife to unhealthy material, it causes heaps of unnecessary pollution. One way to battle this menace is by buying clothes made from organic cotton.
Make sure to do some research to confirm a company’s claim of using organic material. Also, check labeling and certification to determine if a brand is using processed chemicals or toxic dyeing material.
Invest in Multi-Seasonal Clothes
Buy items that work all-year–round. There’s no reason to fill up your wardrobe with the entire summer collection if you live in a cold region. Instead, spend your clothing budget on pieces that will get you through multiple seasons.
Try to build a catalog of clothes such as jeans, classic dresses, T-shirts, jackets and timeless coats. This way, you will be doing both yourself and the environment a huge favor.
5. Wash Responsibly
Believe it or not, even something as simple as washing clothes can leave adverse effects on the environment. So make sure to do your laundry only when you have a full laundry load.
Before washing, turn the article of clothing inside out and keep the temp as low as possible. Look out for phosphate-free biodegradable detergents and line dry your clothes. Whenever you get a stain, treat it early with a non-toxic remover. And while buying a washing machine, look for an Energy Star label.
6. Pick Ethical Brands
Due to growing demand, more brands are now turning towards ethical fashion. While some claims are dubious, there are companies that are doing everything in their power to reduce their environmental footprint. So as a conscious consumer, you need to encourage these clothes retailers.
However, make sure to do your research. Go to a brand’s website and read about their manufacturing procedures. You can also mail them to ask any questions you might have.
In conclusion, clothing or any customers can wield their power to inspire a positive transformation in the fashion industry. So all by clothes thrifting, recycling, prioritizing ethical brands and shopping responsibly. individual buyers can contribute towards a better environment.