For those of us who love fashion, the idea behind fast fashion is hard to stomach. Making short-lived clothing so that consumers will regularly throw it out and replace it? It’s an extremely wasteful and damaging part of the fashion industry. Wanting your closet to be more sustainable is just one way you can continue to do your part for the planet, especially given how much waste the fashion industry tends to generate. Here, we’ll give you a few tips on how to make your wardrobe more sustainable to show that you can still enjoy fashion and help the planet at the same time.
Change Your Washing Habits
Before you start to worry that you might have to stop washing your clothes, that’s not what this means. What it does mean is that you should be more selective and careful with your washing habits. For example, you don’t need to wash most jeans as often as most people do; it’s a waste of energy and water. You can simply air out some clothes rather than putting them straight in a washing machine. A little extra forethought can go a long way when it comes to washing your clothes.
Recycle Pieces You No Longer Need
We all have clothing we no longer need. Maybe we outgrew them, we’ve lost weight, or the style just isn’t for us anymore. Trashing these pieces is only going to put them in a landfill somewhere. Instead, you can gather up the pieces you no longer want or need, schedule a donation pickup or head to your local drop-off point, and put those clothes to good use for someone else. The more we recycle, the less demand there is for fast-fashion pieces that hurt the environment.
Learn to Repair Your Clothing
If you want to make your wardrobe more sustainable, you can’t throw away clothes at the first sign of wear and tear. Just because you found one small hole or a bit of fraying doesn’t mean those clothes aren’t still perfectly fine to wear. Repairing your own clothes can take a little extra work, especially if you need to learn a skill such as sewing, but the results are worth it. Those jeans you added your own patch to may just become your favorite once you fix them up.
Take On Sustainable Shopping
Another important part of being sustainable is changing the way we shop for clothes. Choosing to buy from companies that manufacture sustainable clothing is a great way to start. Showing a little restraint when it comes to shopping sprees is another. Think a little bit more before you buy something to determine whether you really need it so that it won’t go to waste.
When you need a place to recycle those old clothes, GreenDrop is here to help. We want you to feel like living and dressing sustainably is well within your capabilities.