How to be sustainable. Clothes
These are some of the things you can do as an individual to make your time on the planet a little more responsible. These are some ideas that we would like to share with you to make your way to the eco-friendly world easier.
If you have come this far, it is because you know that with small gestures it is possible to change the world. You know that your consumption habits directly affect the environment and you want to join us in this big change. You want to ACT NOW but you don't know how to start.
We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.
These are some of the little actions that you can take to improve in the environmental world of the clothing. Fast fashion is doing a lot of damage to the planet but we can change this.
- Buy less and better.
One of the most important things that can have the greatest impact on the environment is to change our consumption habits, specifically when it comes to clothing.
We have reached a point where consumption is not sustainable and we do not give value to anything. Buying less clothing, giving it the value it deserves and choosing well the garment, the material, the origin, etc., will make us feel better about ourselves and will help the planet.
- Fix the clothes
Linked to the previous point, it is very common to buy very cheap clothes to throw them away when they have become untucked, torn or damaged. Most of the time it is cheaper to buy a new one than to fix it, but it is not the best solution.
That's why I think it's important to repair before throwing away because 90% of the time, that imperfection can be fixed. If you can't sew it yourself, you can always take it to a seamstress.
- Buying second hand
This way of buying is becoming very fashionable and is something very good for the planet.
There are lots of clothes on the market right now. That means that it’s not necessary to buy new items but buy the ones that are already on the market. You may not use that old t-shirt but could be another person in the world willing to wear it.
The best way to dispose of all these clothes is to create a circular economy, buy and sell what is already on the market so that more and more clothes are not generated. In this way we will be saving the planet many liters of water, unnecessary pollution and undignified work. Nowadays it is very easy to buy second hand clothes in physical stores, apps and even online stores that act as an intermediary between buyer and seller.
- Swap clothes
When you hear it for the first time it may sound crazy, but actually exchanging clothes is very simple. There are already companies that organize clothing exchange events in which you wear the clothes you don't want and they give you "coins" for each garment so that you can exchange them for other items of clothing.
As this is not the most common, there is also the possibility of doing it with friends and family. Setting up a flea market with your friends where you can exchange clothes can be a very fun plan for the weekend.
- Buy sustainable clothing
If you still want to buy some clothing, before buying from fast-fashion brands, look for sustainable brands that take care of the environment. You will need to look check where the brand is from, where they manufacture, what materials they use, etc. The price is probably higher than in a store of a large multinational, but you will ensure that the people who manufacture that garment are not exploited labor.
- Make your own clothes
Not everyone has the ability to do it, but if you are a little handy, you can get a second-hand sewing machine and create your own designs. Not only will you be making a responsible consumption, but you will be the most original person on the planet since no one else will be dressed like you.
Check what can you do in other areas of your life:
How to be sustainable. Energy and efficiency.
How to be sustainable. Cleaning and cosmetics.
How to be sustainable. Transport