The fashion industry often gets a bad press when it comes to green issues, and for good reason. According to this article, the industry poses one of the biggest threats to the environment through greenhouse gases and landfill waste. The next time you’re out clothes shopping, you may want to pause for thought before picking something up from the rack. If you want to see a positive change in the world, it has to start with you. But where do you start? In this article, we will give you a few sage words of advice in regards to your fashion habits.
Here are the ways you can go green in your wardrobe.
#1: Say no to bad brand behavior
That piece of clothing you are picking up off the rack might have a cheap price, but there may be a reason behind this. On an ethical and environmental level, the brand may be engaging in bad practices. You don’t want to indirectly support their bad behaviour, so do your research on sites such as Labour Behind The Label and get the latest updates on the companies you need to be wary of. Then look for those brands who are ethical; the companies who source eco-friendly clothing from manufacturers such as this wholesale swimwear company, and choose them over those companies who still refuse to clean up their act.
#2: Discard your old clothes responsibly
The next time you’re looking to have a spring clean of your wardrobe, don’t add to the landfill problem by throwing your old outfits in the trash. Instead, look for greener ways to discard your unwanted garments. As examples, you might take them to a recycling center or to a second-hand clothes shop, or you might want to have a clothes swap party with your friends. There may be charitable organisations in your area too, so if your clothes are still fit for purpose, consider donating to worthy causes.
#3: Wash your clothes with care
We have already advocated green cleaning on this website, and this extends to the way you wash your clothes. Look at the labels on the cleaning products in the supermarket, and if any are loaded with synthetic chemicals, put them back on the shelf. Look for organic detergents on the store shelves, or use natural ways to wash your clothes as a means to both save money and the environment.
#4: Cut down on plastic waste
There will be a day when stores no longer dish out plastic bags to consumers, but until that day comes, do your bit to counter the plastic waste problem that is damaging the environment. Reuse any bags you already have at home, and take them with you when out clothes shopping. And purchase biodegradable shopping bags online, and use them in place of the toxic alternatives.
#5: Buy from local businesses
Not only will you be supporting the small businesses within your community, but you will also be decreasing transport pollution as local businesses often source clothing and fabrics from nearby sources. Ensure you buy from those stores who use sustainable textiles, and if in doubt, ask the store owner for their green credentials when you’re browsing their fashion.
Going green should be a priority, so use our eco-friendly fashion tips to help you make wiser choices when managing and filling your wardrobe. Let us know what you think, and if you have any green tips of your own, please let us know.