We always have fashion trends that we’re in need of keeping up with but one trend that we don’t see going out of style anytime soon is the need to be more eco-friendly. While we’re all aware of the importance of taking steps to be more environmentally conscious, what we don’t talk about is how much our shopping and clothing care habits play into our Earthly impact. With the process of fast fashion and waste already being a huge issue for the planet, here are some easy ways to help make your wardrobe as eco-friendly as possible.
Shop Eco-Friendly Brands
When you’re in need of a couple of pieces to update your current rotation, shopping for an environmentally friendly wardrobe is the first and the easiest part to attaining an eco-friendly closet. You’ll be able to easily tell what brands are eco-friendly and which are not, as it will be stated by the brand if they have a sustainable and ethical mission. But we encourage you to also dig deeper into the brands marketing and social media to determine their level of commitment to the people and the environment. If possible, look to find a brand that is both ethical and fair trade. Doing so doesn’t only help the environment but it also helps to promote fair and equal working conditions for oversea artisans as well. What could be better than helping not only one, but two extremely important causes?!
Whether you’re looking to buy new clothes or looking to get rid of some, having a thrifty state of mind is one of the best ways to reduce your footprint. This can easily be accomplished by going to your local thrift stores and buying secondhand clothing instead of fast fashion options.
As we all get into the habit of cleaning out our closets every now and then, the next time you do so, donate all of your old clothes instead of throwing them in the trash. It’s no secret that donating your clothes won’t only give them a chance to continue to be used but it also lessens your carbon footprint versus just contributing to the already large waste problem the Earth is facing. If you want to make some extra cash from your old clothing, you can sell your lightly used clothes through a closet cleanout service. They’ll do all of the heavy lifting for you and send you a cash payment in exchange for your clothes. Not only will your wallet thank you, the Earth will thank you as well!
Wash Your Clothes Sustainably
While this may not be something we think of very often, the way we wash and dry our clothes doesn’t only impact our carbon footprint but it also affects the long-term usage of your actual clothes. Being more mindful of how often we wash and dry our clothes will help reduce your use of energy and water while also giving your clothes a longer life. Avoid washing clothes until you absolutely have to. If you wore a shirt for the day but it still smells fine with no stains, put it back into your closet instead of the washer. As for the next time you finish washing a load, hang them to air dry instead of throwing them in the dryer. Then for those times where you absolutely must wash your clothes, use an eco-friendly laundry detergent along with putting your clothes in the shortest cycle possible.
Use the Power of DIY
This is a great tip for all who are crafty and self-proclaimed DIY-ers. If you find yourself with clothes that you’re simply not wearing, before donating them, think about what you could do with them applying a little DIY action. Have pants that are too long? Hem them along with adding in floral embroidery. Have a shirt that has permanent stains? Think about over dying it or making it into a re-usable tote bag. This will help you save money you would use on buying new clothes and it will also allow you to embrace your crafty side and leave you with clothes you love more than you thought you ever could!