There’s no denying that fashion is a huge part of our lives. It’s an important expression of who we are, what we value, and how we want to be perceived. And it plays a big role in our identity as individuals and as a society. But fashion and clothing are also a product of an industry with complex environmental and social impacts – from the sourcing of raw materials to the disposal of unwanted garments. In order to make a positive impact and help make a change, all of us need to make conscious choices about how we consume and use fashion. Here are 4 ways you can make your wardrobe more sustainable:
Shop for second-hand clothes.
Buying pre-loved items is a great way to help reduce waste and protect the environment. There are plenty of online second hand shops where you can buy a range of items from clothing to accessories at reasonable prices. You can usually find good quality pieces that are still in great condition for a fraction of the original price.
Only buy things you really need.
Most of us have a huge pile of unused items that gather dust in our closets and rarely see the light of day. Before you go shopping for your next outfit, take some time to look through your wardrobe and decide what you really need and what you don’t. This will allow you to buy only the things you need and avoid buying unnecessary things that will end up in the bin in no time.
Buy ethically made clothing.
There are a number of sustainable and ethical brands producing stylish clothing and accessories that are made from sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton and hemp. By choosing an ethical brand you can help protect workers’ rights and ensure environmentally sound practices throughout the production process. You can also feel good knowing that you’re supporting a local business that is doing something positive for the environment and the community.
Recycle your unwanted clothes.
Instead of throwing your old clothes away when they no longer fit or seem fashionable, why not recycle them? There are a number of organizations that collect old clothes and shoes in good condition and distribute them to people in need around the world. Or, if you prefer, you can simply donate your clothes to charity so someone else can enjoy wearing them.