Have you ever wondered how you could help the environment?
It can feel daunting to think about the ways that you can go green. With single-use plastics as far as the eye can see and affordable electric vehicles still pretty far from being widespread, what's the average person to do?
Would you believe that you can go green in your fashion choices?
In this post, we're going to talk about some eco-friendly fashion tips that'll have you looking good and feeling good about your societal contributions. Sustainable clothing has arrived so spruce up your wardrobe by following some of these environmentally friendly dressing ideas.
1. Find Your Brands
First thing's first, do your research. With a little bit of digging, you can find which brands are enviro-conscious and which ones aren't. For example, you'll find all of our eco-friendly brands on our site.
At Eco & Earth, our products go through a rigorous selection process where they have to satisfy several criteria to make it on our site. The brands we work with are committed to sustainability, being organic, and cruelty-free.
You can find lists upon lists of other sustainable fashion brands on the internet as well. If you feel like you need to do your part, sign Greenpeace's Detox Fashion Manifesto that challenges some of the world's biggest brands to commit to sustainability.
2. Year-Round Dressing
If you're having trouble getting on board with some of these eco-friendly brands, the other thing you can do immediately is to scale down your wardrobe. Specifically, find clothing items that work year-round instead of having seasonal attire.
Spend most of your wardrobe budget on clothes that you'll wear in any weather; jeans, t-shirts, crewnecks, dresses, and light coats.
3. Repair Your Clothes
Most of us are more inclined to toss an article of clothing when it gets a rip or a button pops off, mostly because we don't know how to fix them. Not only is learning to sew and patch clothes a great skill, but it'll allow you to go green a lot more quickly.
Even if clothing repair doesn't catch on for you, take your ripped pants into a tailor and your worn-out shoes into a cobbler. Spending the extra money to repair will make the clothing items that you love the most last the longest.
The less you throw out, the more green you're going. When clothes end up in the garbage, the materials in them are wasted. When an article of clothing is beyond repair, then repurpose its materials and make an entirely new piece of clothing.
This is why donating is so important to do.
Take a look at your closet. There are probably no less than 10 pieces in there that you could get rid of right now, but that doesn't stop you from buying more new clothes. Instead of letting your closet get more and more cluttered, adopt a one-in-one-out philosophy so other people can have a crack at some of your clothes.
Donate and gift your clothes as soon as it feels like you're done with them. Give things away to your friends with the caveat that they've got to give it to someone else or donate when they're done with it.
You can also sell or trade your clothes on sites like Bib & Tuck and Poshmark. Why not make some money for going green?
Stay away from budget brands. Sustainable brands are made with higher quality materials that make the higher price tag much more worth it for the longevity that you get from the clothes.
Cheap brands are capitalizing on fast turnover. They change styles several times per season because they know they can sell more new clothes to their customers. When last year's sweater rips, they'll just go and buy this year's sweater and the cycle continues.
To keep your more expensive, but much higher quality clothes in decent shape, use sustainable products to wash your clothes. The green detergent will do a better job on your clothes, treat them better, and it's devoid of all the nasty chemicals you'll find in normal detergent.
Lastly, washing your clothes by hand and giving them the old-fashioned hand-dry will keep your energy consumption down.
6. Buying Vintage
There's almost nothing more satisfying than a great find at your favorite vintage shop. Source out all of the vintage shops in your city and do the rounds every time you get the urge to add something new to your closet.
If you've done your due diligence, the best vintage shops will be full of items that used to belong to people like you. You can find anything short of new underpants in there, so it negates the need for brand new clothes.
Try sourcing at least half of your wardrobe from second-hand shops and the other half from eco-friendly clothing labels. When you add it up, your closet will be 100% green.
7. Sustainable Fabrics
Eco-friendly labels make it easy for you to shop because they aren't going to be shy about telling you what enviro-friendly materials the clothes are made from. If you're at a normal shop, though, then you need to have your own knowledge.
Organic cotton, organic and alpaca wool, linen, hemp, and bamboo are all sustainable materials. Always take a peek at the tags of the clothes you're looking at before you buy. In most cases, those materials won't just be green, they'll be more comfortable and reliable when you spend the extra money to get them.
Eco-Friendly Fashion At Your Fingertips
Don't neglect the damage that the fashion industry has done to our planet in the last century. Brands like the ones we have at Eco & Earth are completely sustainable, so you can rest easy knowing your clothes didn't harm the planet in any way.
Check out our list of eco-friendly fashion brands and start shopping for apparel, skincare, bath and body materials, and hair care products.