How to Dress “Green”- Considering the Earth in Your Fashion Choices
The good news about greening your wardrobe: not only does it help the Earth, but you don’t have to take drastic measures to make a difference. Our Trendsetter Jillian of Trendology has a range of tips to consider. If you aren’t familiar with Trendology, take a look! Jillian has a knack for finding great, slightly edgy and often totally affordable looks.
Going Green can seem like a daunting task and when it comes to your clothes, you might not even know where to begin. Thankfully, incorporating earth friendly practices into your wardrobe is becoming increasingly easy. The first step is to realize that there is no proper way of “being green” – the goal is simply to reduce your individual impact on the earth. Here are some of my personal “going green” tips:
Before you shop:
- Take stock of your closet. The simplest way to go green is to consume less. Challenge yourself to wear old pieces in new ways rather than constantly buying new clothes.
- Recycle your “waste”. Make room for new clothing my donating old pieces to a thrift store rather than throwing them away. Host a clothing swap with friends – one woman’s trash is another’s new favorite outfit.
- Upcycle. You can turn old clothes into something new with a sewing machine and bit of creativity.
- Get Educated.Take some time to learn about clothing/textile manufacturing and sustainability issues in fashion – the more you know, the better informed you will be when making purchases.
When you shop:
- Buy quality: Consider investing in higher quality pieces. They will last longer and need to be replaced less often.
- Buy handmade and support local business. This reduces production and transportation pollution.
- Don’t dye: Sometimes buy fabrics that have not been dyed. During production, dyeing uses extra water and creates waste that must be specially dealt with.
- Choose companies carefully: Support companies that have strong environmental records and are investing in earth friendly technologies and practices.
- Buy sustainable: Ask store owners to stock sustainable clothing and to consider selling stock that is organic and/or fair-trade.
- Don’t get drastic: Remember, going green means something different to everyone and shouldn’t require that you go to any extremes.