Becoming an eco-friendly consumer in regards to fashion doesn’t mean you need to purchase all new clothing made by eco-fashion designers. A true eco-friendly consumer utilizes what he/she already owns. It’s as simple as following these tips:
WASH & DRY BETTER
When washing your clothes, do so with non-toxic laundry detergents. Detergents that contain phosphates, petroleum and synthetic chemicals are unhealthy to your clothing, your skin and harmful to our environment.
To prolong the life of your clothing be sure to turn them inside out before throwing them in the wash.
And remember – wash in cold water! Again this will prolong the lifespan of your clothing as well as prevent color bleeding and/or fading. Plus it saves energy, saving you money on your electricity bill!
After the clothes are washed, hang them out to dry. Air drying saves energy consumption and adds to the lifespan of your clothing.
The easiest tip of them all – buy less! There is no reason to have more than one closet full of clothing. All we really need is a good, solid foundation with a few accessories for variety. Buying less also helps our wallets, curbing those pesky impulse buys.
If you absolutely must buy something, make sure to avoid fast fashion retailers and brands who don’t line up with your beliefs. It does take a bit of time to do this background research, but it is worth it in the long run.
Another alternative is to…
Clothing made back in the day was built to last, making vintage clothing a perfect option. Some people even get excited when it comes time to go “thrifting”, making it their mission to hunt down a good deal.
Not only can it be fun, but buying secondhand is a great way to reduce your global footprint. Plus vintage styles were awesome!
Instead of donating unwanted clothes, get creative! There are plenty of things you can make using old clothing, even making new ones! Just check out Pinterest or this article by The Sewing Loft for hundreds of inspiring pieces.
A bit of an extension to the previous tip, being able to make basic repairs to clothing will extend its lifespan. How often have you noticed a tear in your favorite shirt and instantly decided to never wear it again? A missing button or slight tear is not enough of a reason to add to the ever-growing pile of clothing sitting in landfills. Some basic sewing skills can save your clothing!
Swapping parties are increasingly popular, even Oprah has an article about it on her website! Swapping parties are great in that you can get rid of your unwanted clothing and even scoop up some new items for yourself. It even gives you a chance to socialize with friends or make news ones. And since none of the clothing will end up in the landfill it’s a win-win.
What are some of your favorite ways of being an eco-friendly consumer? Be sure to let me know by commenting below!