There are many ways that you can live your life and be more eco-friendly. That could be growing your fruit and vegetables to using energy-saving light bulbs. There are many guides out there that can help educate you about how you can save the planet. Here are several ways that you can help the world by shopping for clothes.
Don’t Just Wear It Once
Many people will buy a piece of clothing and only wear it once. Not only are you wasting money when doing this but, a lot of work went into that piece of clothing. More than likely a lot of pollution as well. From the machines that farm for the materials to the pollution that the factory produces when making it.
A campaign called #30Wears encourages people to make sure that they buy clothing and wear it a minimum of 30 times. There are many questions you raise when looking at a top or a pair of jeans. Is that the colour for me? Will it fit me? Is it worth the price? Will I look good in it? All of these questions will be flying around your head. However, it is time to start thinking about whether or not you will be wearing it multiple times. If you are going to wear it more than 30 times, then buy it. Not only will you be getting your money’s worth but, you will also be saving the planet.
The moral of the story, avoid buying a piece of clothing that you are looking to make a statement. Instead, purchase clothing that is going to last you a while and still receive compliments. Choose clothes in stores that go with many outfits back home, not just one.
There are many brands out there that choose to make sustainable clothes. However, there are also plenty of businesses out there that choose to continuously pollute the planet. Avoid those brands at all costs if you want to feel better about yourself. There are so many brands to choose from that make sustainable clothing so, do not get stuck.
Patagonia is one of the first brands to promote sustainable clothing. Some businesses use organic cotton and recycled materials for all of their clothing items. Another well-known brand that encourages sustainable and ethical clothing is Levi Jeans. These jeans are known to last a very long time as well as their jackets.
Think of all of the clothing brands that you wear. Then do your background research on those brands. Try to find out whether or not their materials are farmed organically and that it is fair trade. The majority of the mainstream brands are not. Nonetheless, there are still many places that sell fashionable and sustainable clothing. There is a general rule that you should remember when conducting this research. If you are on their website and it is difficult to find information about whether or not they are sustainable. The likelihood is that they are not that eco-friendly as you first assumed.
Change Your Attitude To The Clothes That You Buy
Many people want to buy clothes brand new which, is understandable. However, vintage clothing has never been so popular. There are so many second-hand clothing stores out there. You could argue that fashion looked better 20/30 years ago. Yes, some of the clothes that you find in vintage stores will have stains and are slightly damaged. Additionally, some clothes are still in good condition that is a throwback to the 90s.
The only issue with vintage stores is that you have to browse around. It isn’t just an in-and-out job. You have to browse everywhere as there might be a hidden gem piece that somebody else has missed out on. The same goes for jewellery as well. There are many antique jewellery stores where you can purchase vintage engagement rings.
Donate Your Clothes
If you are one of those people that change their wardrobe every season, this one is for you. There are a few people that will throw away their old clothes in the bin. Simply because they no longer wear them. However, many people around the world will be grateful for these clothes. That would be wearing it themselves or recycling the materials of the clothing to make more clothes out of it, so before you throw them away. Get yourself a charity bag and take it to your local charity shop where somebody else can enjoy them.
Be Your Tailor
Clothes can sometimes wear away or rip at the stitching. Luckily enough for you, they can be repaired if they have ripped at the stitching. However, many people, including myself, do not know how to repair them. The internet is a wonderful place to learn new things and one of them could be how to repair your damaged clothes.
If you do not have the patience or the time to repair your clothes, then take them to your local tailor. Not only are they well-experienced and will do a good job. But, they will also do it in half the time it would have taken you. You will have to give them a payment of some sort. If you do not want to take to a tailor, then ask a friend that has some experience when it comes to repairing clothes. Either way, avoid throwing away your clothes at all costs.
The fashion industry is slowly but surely acknowledging the fact that global warming is having a massive impact on the world. Yes, it has taken a while for major brands to notice. However, they are making changes to help do their part. Although, it does not stop there. The consumer also has to do their part which, is where you come in. Remember to do your research on brands and whether or not they are sustainable then that is one step closer.
There are many wonderful things that you can do when it comes to saving the planet in the fashion world. There are many more things that you can do on top of these five tips that have been suggested.