Being environmentally conscious isn’t a difficult thing to do, yet it can make a big difference in the quality of our lives. If we all do what we can, things will slowly change for the better. Why don’t we start with the stuff we use every day, like clothes?
Transforming your wardrobe into an environmentally friendly one can be achieved very easily. All it takes is some goodwill, a bit of effort, and a tad of awareness. If you like the idea, be sure to check out these few tips that should help you get there.
Support Eco-friendly Brands and Companies
Most of these companies are relatively small and are still growing. They have a long, hard path in front of them. They need to compete with giants who make fast fashion and don’t care about protecting the environment.
If you support these green businesses by buying their products, you will help them a lot. Once they become successful and famous, they will represent a role model. Other brands will switch to eco-friendly solutions because they will see how effective they are.
Not to mention the fact that you’ll be getting a natural product that hasn’t harmed the planet while it was being made.
Fast fashion is back again, unfortunately. With it, the number of clothes landfills and other harmful waste accumulating sites has increased. Every time you throw a garment into the garbage can, those landfills grow.
Instead of throwing them away, repurpose your old clothes. You just need the best sewing machine you can afford (nothing too fancy or expensive, a simple but sturdy machine is just fine!) and access to the internet. There’s a lot of instructional videos out there that can teach you how to turn old clothes into completely new, entirely different pieces.
Organize Your Wardrobe
Do you have enough pieces in your wardrobe? Great, then don’t buy more. There’s no need to pile up stuff that you won’t be wearing often, or at all. Buy the things you need, nothing more and nothing less.
Check your wardrobe and see if you have a lot of unnecessary stuff you don’t wear that much. If you have such clothes, get rid of them. But don’t throw them in the garbage. Give them away or repurpose them.
Create Your Own Clothes
Another thing you can do with a sewing machine is obviously to create your own clothes. Not only is it eco-friendly, but it’s also way cheaper than buying finished clothes.
Check out your nearest craft shops or thrift stores for materials. They are often filled with discarded items like curtains or retro clothing which are made from high-quality fabrics. And they cost ridiculously little.
You can also get some natural wool yarn and knit yourself a sweater, vest, hat, scarf and much more. These crafts are great not only for upgrading your own wardrobe, but also for earning some additional money on the side. Who knows, maybe you’ll even start up your green clothing brand.
Recycle Worn-out Clothes
Pieces of clothing that are beyond repair or are simply too old and worn out aren’t quite ready to go in the garbage. You can cut them up into tiny pieces and use that as pillow stuffing. You can also turn them into cleaning rags. If you don’t want to deal with that, you can always take it to a textile recycling site. They will accept any type of fabric and recycle it promptly.