We could all do more to protect the environment. Shows like Blue Planet and the crazy chop and change weather we’ve been having have made people more environmentally aware than ever before – and that’s great. But as well as recycling, cutting down on plastic use and keeping waste to a minimum, there’s somewhere else you can make simple changes: your wardrobe.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to dress more environmentally friendly.
Don’t bin your old clothes
We totally get it. You’ve got a jumper or t-shirt that you’ve been wearing for years, and finally decided to put it to rest. But rather than putting your clothes in the trash can, think about ways in which you can extend its life. Nylon fabric, as an example, can take 40 years to decompose in landfill, whilst a denim jacket can take a year or two. Instead, pass your clothes down to friends and family members, give high-quality pieces to charity shops or put them on sale on eBay.
Another way that you can reduce waste is by repurposing clothes. Things like denim jeans and cotton skirts can be transformed into tote bags, cushions or accessories, whilst t-shirts can be turned into teddy bears or hair pieces. There are so many ways in which you can recycle and repurpose unwanted clothes, and all you need is a needle and some thread. Take your time and you’ll soon come up with a bright idea – or you could take inspiration from Instagram accounts.
Purchase ethical clothing
We’re all guilty of shopping for fast fashion – that is, buying an item of clothing for an event, knowing that we’ll probably never wear it again. Be sensible and be thoughtful when you make a new purchase, and think about ways in which you can use the same pieces again and again. Oh, and rather than choosing high street brands, shop for ethical clothing UK based. That way, you’ll be able to look the part and know that your clothes haven’t harmed the environment.
Avoid sweatshop brands
Another tip is to avoid companies that use sweatshops or are known for their unethical clothing manufacturing. Companies simply won’t change unless we take our money elsewhere, so shop with your heart and instead seek out more ethical brands. High street chains like H&M have worked hard to make their clothing more ethical, so start there and see what you can find.
Make your own garments
Finally, consider making your own clothes. You can pick up ethically sourced fabrics from your local market or arts and crafts shop, and with a sewing machine and some patience, you’ll be able to craft some truly original pieces of clothing for you and your friends. Aside from reducing your environmental impact, making your own clothes is great fun – and it means you’ll be able to wear things that nobody else in the world has access to; perfect for real fashionistas!
Thinking about the environment before you purchase clothing can become a habit if you practice – and you’ll very quickly be able to make more ethical shopping decisions. We hope that the tips we have offered in this post have shed some light and helped you to dress greener. Have fun!