Fast fashion and consumerism are devastating to our environment. We have immersed ourselves in a culture where we buy cheap clothes, wear them a couple of times and throw them away.
This not only uses incredible amounts of water – in the trillions of liters – but is also responsible for more than one-tenth of the annual carbon dioxide emissions. Not only that, but the unwanted clothes are sent to landfills, where they can take as many as four decades to decompose, depending on what they are made of.
However, there is something you can do about it, and that is by considering your fashion, beauty, and lifestyle changes. Here, we look at some of them.
Are you going to wear that clothing often?
This is the most important thing you need to ask yourself before making any new clothing purchases. If you are only going to wear it once or twice, it is not likely to be a sustainable and environmentally conscious item of clothing.
If you do buy something with the intent of only wearing it a handful of times, be sure to pass it onto someone or give it to a thrift shop rather than add it to the pile to go to landfill.
How long will it last?
“Buy less, choose well, make it last.” – Vivienne Westwood
Buying clothes or perhaps even accessories that will last you a long time can be costly. The better the quality of something, of course, the longer it lasts, and you’ll pay a premium for it. However, the more you wear or use something, the more sustainable it becomes, and the less likely you will simply throw it in the trash.
It is even better to look for pre-loved items that still have a lot of life left in them, thus preserving their sustainable credibility. This could be the high-end fashion that lends itself over the years to a variety of styles and fashion trends, structured outfits, or footwear that fit well. Accessorize with carefully selected items that you can be comfortable knowing will last longer than a few months.
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Organic clothing is made with fewer chemicals and is better for you and the ecosystem. Most clothing items will be labeled organic so you can be sure about your purchases. Organic cotton will only take about five months to decompose if it is ruined and unwearable, although anything no longer needed wearable should be passed on for someone else to use.
If you are ever unsure of the roots of a brand, don’t be afraid to question their procedures and their ethical standards and make sure they’re not just greenwashing and follow the practises they claim to be.
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The more you know about a subject, the better decisions you can make. Find out as much as you can about how you can create a more environmentally friendly wardrobe and lifestyle by looking at how different brands make not only their clothes, accessories, and shoes, but also their moral values.
Perhaps look at switching from your usual makeup brand to vegan beauty products. Learn how you can make more sustainable lifestyle choices at home with regard to your clothing, travel, appliances, and cleaning products. We are always trying to learn, and the more knowledgeable you are about the choices you make, the happier you can be that you are making the right choices to help you live more responsibly.