You recycle, you eat clean, and save electricity. So far, the average person can incorporate eco-friendly habits into their daily lives fairly easily. In a lot of areas this is true, except for how we dress. The fact is, we still need to concentrate heavily on changes in our closets if we are to make the next steps to sustainability. Here are some pro tips to step up your game in that department:
Check your label. Does you clothing have more than 50% synthetic content? Synthetics like polyester are derived from petrol, use up scarce natural resources and pollute the air and water in the process of fabrication. It could also contain microfibers which pollute our water each time the clothing is washed. When you’re finished with these toxic fabrics, cut them into dusting cloths. From now on, check the fiber content to avoid synthetics, and never purchase another 100% polyester item.
Repairs. Take a youtube video tutorial and teach yourself how to mend your clothing. You can even make alterations to your own clothes to improve and enliven your closet. The longer things last, the longer they stay out of the landfill.
Damage Control. Keep your silk clothing in excellent condition by caring for it properly, go to an organic cleaner, or hand wash in cold water and hang dry. A lasting garment of high quality silk that is cared for correctly is not only more respectable, it also is healthier to wear silk agains the skin than any other fabric.