Keeping up with the latest fashion trends does not do well to the environment. Clothing production as well as waste from throwing away last seasons must-haves wreaks havoc on the environment. Clothing production will never be completely eco-friendly; making clothes in large quantities will always have some effect on the earth. However, changing the way we treat clothes and buy clothes can make for a more sustainable lifestyle. Choosing “sustainable” or “ethical” clothing is one way to be more eco-friendly.
A large portion of clothes bought and sold is considered “fast fashion.” It’s made cheaply and quickly, and it’s not made to last the long haul. Sustainable clothing is quite the opposite.
Here are a few things to consider when it comes to clothing production.
- Water Usage
- Hazardous Chemicals
- Short Life Cycle
Some sustainable brands take this into mind and produce better made, longer lasting clothing items. These brands may use recycled and/or organic goods to make their product.
Think about what you buy and where it comes from. Another great way to help lessen the clothing production waste is to shop at second-hand stores. This helps keeps gently-used clothes out of landfills, and can also save you money.
In general, it is important to know where the product you consume comes from, whether it be the food we eat or the clothes we buy. Doing a little research and being an informed consumer can help us all live a more sustainable life.