Earth Day is the day to think about how your daily living is impacting the environment and (hopefully) take action to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. When people hear the words “Go Green”, they often think about the most basic ways such as recycling, planting trees, or driving a hybrid. What they don’t usually think about, however, is how even the clothes they wear can have an impact on the environment. So, in honor of Earth Day this year, we have a challenge for you–”Go Green” with fashion. There are 3 main ways you can do this.
1. Reuse your old clothes for new purposes. I’ve made several blog posts in the past about giving your clothes a new look (such as tie dye jeans) and transitioning your winter wardrobe into spring wear. Not only is re-purposing your wardrobe a budget-friendly option, it is also environmentally friendly as it cuts down on the amount of wasted clothes in landfills, chemicals being used to produce new clothes, and carbon emissions created to manufacture and ship new clothing. So find new ways to layer, accessorize, and design your wardrobe to give a fresh look on your old clothes.
2. Donate your clothes when you are done with them. Far too many people waste good clothes that can be given to charities and homeless shelters, children in need, foreign countries with low supply of clothing, or re-sold from bargain stores and consignment shops for cheap. You may be done with the clothes, but there are a lot of people in the world who can still get a lot of use out of them. Not only does this option help people in need who can’t afford to buy new clothes, but it cuts down on the negative impacts of manufacturing on the environment drastically. You could even host a “Clothes Swap Party” with some friends and family where you all trade the clothing that you’re done with and find new purposes with each other’s clothing.
3. Buy high-quality items. Low-quality items may seem more budget-friendly in the short-term, but you have to replace them much more frequently and most likely can’t re-purpose or donate them, making them wasteful. High-quality items are an investment, not just for your budget, but also for the environment. High-quality doesn’t necessarily mean spending the most money, even good quality items go on sale. Keep an eye out for the price to drop on those top-quality items you’ve been eyeing, snag them at a good price, get your use out of them, and then pass them onto someone else! Now that’s ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ at it’s finest!
Sources: photo credit http://www.deipl.org/earth-day-events-in-delaware-in-april-2012, http://ecofriendly-fashion.com/fashion-industry-the-environment/, http://heartifb.com/2013/04/12/4-ways-bloggers-can-influence-sustainability-in-the-fashion-industry/, photo credit http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/project-repurpose/, photo credit http://www.diablomag.com/Diablo-Magazine/December-2006/Clothes-Swap/