The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. The lifetime of a piece of clothing is not so simple.
Indeed some solutions already exist to consume in a better way. Changing our consumption model is more realistic than we think, and we are providing you with seven eco-tips that can be useful if you want to become more sustainable:
#1 Choose organic or recycled fabric The French environment agency (ADEME) recommends choosing clothes made with organic cotton, recycled cotton, or polyester. According to the recycling methodology, it can reduce the impact by up to 99%. Another idea is to choose fibers made from natural resources such as wood cellulose.
#2 Repair your clothes instead of buying new ones With the fast fashion model, collections are changing every month 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 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, promote recycling and clothes reuse.
#4 Buy clothes made with organic flax or hemp Choosing clean fabrics when you buy new clothes is also a meaningful solution. Indeed, these two fabrics use less water during their fabric process than traditional fabric. However, you must be careful - check where these fabrics have been made and how they were colored.
#5 Choose locally-made clothes We are not saying that you can only buy clothes 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 transparent brands A consumer can vote with their purchase. Between two brands, favor the one following a transparent CSR policy. Indeed, it is important to support companies trying to promote concrete actions to preserve our environment. Transparency is the key.
#7 Wash your clothes correctly No need to wash your clothes at a super high temperature. Cleaning at 30 or 40°C is enough to remove the dirt. Try also not to put clothes you wore only once directly into the washing machine because usually, they are not dirty enough. Finally, if you are motivated and thrilled about protecting our planet, you can also create your own laundry powder that is 100% homemade and natural laundry powder.