If You Care:
We can celebrate Earth Day every day by improving our dressing habits with consideration for the impact our actions have on the environment.
Care for your clothing responsibly. If your clothes have minor holes at the seam or hem, a tailor can easily repair them so you can continue to wear.
- Hand Wash: Lingerie, nylon hosiery, slips.
- Machine Wash: Towels, linens, socks & pajamas.
- Organic Dry Clean: Coats, blouses, dresses, suits, outer wear.
With the best care, you will see that cost per wear go down significantly.
Overabundance, what to do?
Hand-me-down: when you are finished with a piece of clothing, pass it on to someone you know will wear it.
Road Trip: Gather wearable used clothing and take it personally to impoverished areas, especially those which are affected by harsh weather conditions. Be responsible!
Sunday Clothes: What do you do with the holey tee shirts? Use them to clean the floor or dust windowsills. Old tee shirts can be used to pack fragile objects for shipping or storage.
What you really need:
Avoid future offenders: When shopping, check the content: Steer clear of microfiber, nylon, plastic, rayon, pleather, plush and synthetic fur. NEVER shop at H & M, even when they pose as sustainable, because they are mis-allocating their colossal budgets to PR instead of being responsible.
Seek out natural fibers: opt for GOT Certified Organic Cotton, 100% silk, linen or clothing made from deadstock materials. If you can splurge, treat yourself to a piece of high fashion or something made from the raw materials.
Personalize: get clothing locally made just for you. Monograms or customized clothing is available in-store at I Love You Bedford.
Get the best quality clothing possible and find styles you’ll want to wear numerous times. Just think about how you felt after the last time you ate fast food: Gross, am I right? Once you realize how good it feels to wear better clothing, you won’t even want to go back to wearing garbage.
Image credits: Photos by Jammi York, model: Ilona MAJOR Model NY, Hair & Makeup: Rachel Lopez (c) 2016 Alisha Trimble