The fashion industry has become the second most polluting industries in the world, after the oil industry. (https://www.commeuncamion.com/2018/09/02/pourquoi-la-mode-est-devenue-une-des-industries-les-plus-polluantes/)
The lifetime of a piece of clothing is not so simple. From the beginning, with the cotton cultivation that requires tons of water or the oil necessary to create synthetic fibers, until the end, like the collection or the recycling of clothes, consumers can take several actions to reduce their clothing impact on our planet. Changing our consuming model is more realistic than we think.
Indeed some solutions already exist to consume in a better way. We are providing you 7 eco-tips that can be useful if you want to become a fashionable sustainable leader.
#1 Choose organic or recycled fabric
The French environment agency (ADEME) recommends to choose clothes that are made with organic cotton or made with recycled cotton or polyester. According to the recycling methodology, it can reduce the impact up to 99%. Another idea is to choose fibers made from natural resources such as wood cellulose. (please add the source link)
#2 Repair your clothes instead of buying new ones
With the fast fashion model, collections are changing every months and so are our new clothes. If we change the model and prefer to fix them when we see a hole for example or when a button is missing, it will influence the life length of your clothes and make them last longer.
#3 Second hand shops are useful
If you really need to change your style often or you just want to have new clothes, second hand shops are made for you. Indeed these shops, or their internet equivalent, are pushing a system that promotes the recuperation and the reutilisation of clothes.
#4 Buy clothes made with organic flax or hemp
Choosing clean fabrics when you buy new clothes is also a meaningful solution. Indeed, during their fabric process these two fabrics use less water than traditional fabric.
However, you have to be careful - check where these fabrics have been made and how they were coloured.
#5 Choose locally-made clothes
We are not saying that you can only buy clothes that have been made in your country, but it is important to check on the label where it is from. Indeed, the chances are bigger that social and environmental issues have better been respected in Italy than in Bangladesh.
#6 Choose brands that are transparent
A consumer can vote with their purchase. Between two brands, favor the one which is following a CSR policy. Indeed, it is important to support companies that are trying to promote concrete actions to preserve our environment. Transparency is the key.
#7 Wash your clothes correctly
No need to wash your clothes with a super high temperature. Washing at 30 or 40°C is enough to remove the dirt. Try also not to put clothes you wore only once directly to the washing machine, because usually they are not dirty enough. Finally, if you really are motivated and thrilled about protecting our planet, you can also create your own laundry powder that is 100% homemade and natural.
As we showed you, solutions exists to reduce our impact on the planet in our way of buying and treating clothes. We can make an impact if we can simply reduce our consumption and stop buying clothes every week to follow the trend. This is an important way for the fashion industry to listen to our messages and to make the things change.
If you want to have more informations about the topic, go click on this link https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/02/7-ways-to-break-the-fast-fashion-habit-and-save-the-planet?utm_source=Facebook%20Videos&utm_medium=Facebook%20Videos&utm_campaign=Facebook%20Video%20Blogs