Here are some facts you may not know about your clothing: In America, of all the pesticides used, one-fourth of them are applied in the cotton fields. Many of the synthetic materials, like polyester, that are on the market today are petroleum based. And it takes approximately 1/3 of a pound of fertilizers and pesticides for just one cotton t-shirt.
If you are a “green” person, these fact probably don’t surprise you and most likely bother you. So if you have any ethics about you, you’re probably wondering what can you do to go green in the closet too.
The advice today makes a lot of sense: Buy Classic. These are clothes that are sensible and will never have an end in fashion (or it will be way after we’re gone). They are also what we like to “eco-savvy”.
As an environmental conscious consumer, shopping for clothes is more than just about the type of material items are made from. It is also about how the crops that are used that make the clothing were grown. Were they grown in an ethical or Fair Trade manner.
The environmental consumer shops smart and asks questions. They do what they can to reduce what is going into our landfills as well as minimize the waste that is generated in the manufacturing of their clothing. So what can you do to be the “eco-savvy” kind of consumer?
If you don’t just absolutely love something, don’t buy it. Your friends may call this a discerning attitude, but by being this way, you cut back on just shopping for the sake of shopping. This not only will keep things minimizes the hit on the environment, but what it does for your wallet is helpful too. If you are one of those that keeps the same clothing forever, just wear what you already have.
Hemp and Organic
We’ve been told for years that cotton is a clean and natural fabric. However, as we know from our introduction above, it has a lot of chemicals used on it. Today we can buy organic cotton and other alternatives in the world of fashion. Your local variety stores should be the first on your list and take the time to read the labels. You can get organic clothing in a wide range of 5% organic to a full 100% organic. Go green for clothing made by local designers and out of hemp, organic cotton and other eco-friendly choices.
Vintage Is Hip
It is no longer called used clothing folks. It is called vintage and it a trend that is hot in Australia, UK and even in America. Shop the charity stores and you’ll help those who need help as well as find some great deals that are trendy. Consider it recycled clothing. You can even have a “clothes swap party” with your friends and everyone brings a certain number of items and swap out with each other. Consignment stores are another great source of vintage clothing. Think Kramer and Phoebe!