Adding Sustainability to Your Wardrobe
Many areas of our lives are becoming more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Many industries and individuals are doing more to be green. We recycle, we try our best to waste less, we avoid single-use plastics, and we try to conserve power. We buy more energy efficient light bulbs and appliances, and we buy environmentally friendly products. But, what about fashion? When we read about the fashion industry, it’s often all catwalks and models.
There’s not much about sustainability in there. And, when it comes to our own home wardrobes, we throw things away when there’s a small hole in them, replacing with new, without much consideration of the materials and processes used in their production.
However, the fashion industry, on the whole, is taking steps to become green. They are taking care with manufacture, using recyclables and cutting their use of harmful chemicals. Companies like Tencel.com are using only raw, natural materials and environmentally responsible processes to create comfortable and stylish clothes. Here’s what you can do to add more sustainability to your own home wardrobe.
One of the hardest parts of buying sustainable fashions is knowing what is, and what isn’t. There’s no clear guidance, and even labeling can be hard to work out. Sure, we know that fur is bad and that we should donate our old clothes instead of trashing them. But, do you know about the processes involved? It’s not just about the materials. A shirt made with organic cotton hasn’t necessarily been produced in environmentally friendly conditions. Learn more about the extraction of the materials used to make your clothes, about the materials themselves, about how companies transport materials and finished goods. Learn about chemical free products, organic materials, and raw resources. Educate yourself and shopping for sustainable fashion become much easier.
Make the Most of Your Current Wardrobe
Your wardrobe probably isn’t already full of environmentally friendly purchases. But, you already have them. Nothing new is being created by wearing what you’ve already got. Adding sustainability doesn’t mean suddenly going out and replacing everything you own. It means waiting until things wear out and then making the right decisions when shopping for replacements, and making things last as long as possible.
You should also learn how to do basic repairs. Back in the day, everyone darned their socks and sewed on new buttons. Nowadays we’re terrible for replacing things that could easily be repaired. Learn some basic sewing skills to make your clothes last longer.
Start with Key Pieces
If you do need to shop, and want to add sustainable products, start with those key pieces that get a lot of use. Your basic tees and tanks, your everyday jeans and staple winter jumpers. Spend more money on things that will last, so that you don't have to buy replacements all of the time.
Shop Eco-Friendly Brands
Making eco-friendly purchases can be hard. In a large department store, it can mean reading labels, googling processes and feeling very confused. So, stick to eco-friendly brands. That way you know your purchases are safe without having to worry.