EASY WAYS TO BE GREEN ABOUT CLOTHES
You already know that the planet needs our help. Most of us try to do what we can: we save electricity,drive hybrid cars, walk, cycle, or use public transport. Some people limit their plane travel. We recycle and compost. However, there is one area of life that most people don’t recognize as important i environmental terms: fashion! There are plenty of easy ways to be green about clothes. Let’s name a few!
Did you know that clothes are almost completely recyclable? Yet, so few of us do this. Every year we throw away pounds and pounds of clothes, most of them worn just a few times. There are many ways to recycle unwanted garments. You could donate them to a local homeless shelter, the Salvation Army or the Red Cross. Another option is to just go to the nearest recycling center. And, if you already feel the need to fill your closet with more stuff – there’s a green answer to that, too. Some big chains, like H&M, offer discount vouchers for new purchases if you bring them old clothes for recycling.
BUY CLASSIC PIECES
The fashion industry seems like a whirlwind of trends. Each new season sees the arrival of new collections and new fads. Combine that with prices that are lower than ever, and the rise of online shopping, and you’ve got trouble. The solution? Invest in clothes that will last for more than just a season or two. Buy classic cuts and timeless pieces, then create different looks using accessories.
SUPPORT ECO FRIENDLY BRANDS
More and more brands are offering sustainable, environmentally friendly products. What does this mean in practice? It means they use organic cotton and linen, recycled materials, bamboo and hemp based fabrics. Is this really necessary, you ask? The answer is a resounding yes! You would be appalled if you knew how much chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) are normally used in the process of growing cotton.
BUY VINTAGE AND SECONDHAND
Even stars are choosing vintage for their red carpet appearances, so why wouldn’t you? Everyone knows that vintage is super-chic. Secondhand and vintage shops often hide some true gems at ridiculous prices. It’s also very smart to buy second-hand for your kids. Children outgrow their clothes so fast that it’s entirely unreasonable to spend large sums of money and buy everything new. Not to mention the fact that they tear and stain their clothes much more than adults. Online consignment and thrift stores such as swap.com allow you to both buy and sell not only clothes, but also used shoes and sports gear.
HOST A CLOTHING SWAP
Among the many easy ways to be green about clothes, you gonna love this one. Remember when you were a teenager and you used to exchange clothes with your girlfriends? Well, you can still do that – but on a bigger scale – by organizing a clothes swap! Clean out your closet and make a pile of things you just don’t wear anymore, then ask your friends to do the same. Invite them over, have a few drinks or some tea, and then browse and swap all those lovely clothes.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR CLOTHES AND PROLONG THEIR LIFE
Always read the care labels on newly purchased items and follow the instructions. Proper care will allow your clothes to last longer. If possible, avoid using a tumble-dryer. Not only does it use a massive amount of energy, it can also shrink some items, and it regularly deteriorates the quality of fabric. When washing, try to buy eco-friendly laundry detergent. There are plenty to choose from on the market. Try to avoid dry-cleaning your clothes – some nasty chemicals are involved in the process. Most of “dry-clean only” garments can actually be gently hand-washed. As you can see, you don’t need to stop being a fashionista. With so many options, it is easy to be environmentally aware and not sacrifice your sartorial taste.