We’re all looking for ways to make the world a little better. The consequences of climate change loom ever closer, so how can we make sure we’re all doing our bit to help? With companies like ASOS promising to makesustainable by 2020, there are some heartening changes being made at the top. Here are five clothing-related ways you can make small changes in your life to reduce your impact on the environment.
Charity shops are always in need of good quality clothes. By donating, you’re keeping clothes out of landfill whilst clearing out your wardrobe at the same time. These clothes will go on to a new loving home and will raise money for great causes within the local or wider community. If you don’t have a local charity shop, donate amongst your friends or do your own sale. Just because something’s gone out of style for you doesn’t mean it won’t be someone else’s new favorite item. The same goes for accessories like handbags and scarves.
How does this help the environment? Well, if you know what your measurements are, you know what size of clothes fits you best. That means you only have to order once. Most companies have a generous returns policy, but many people take advantage of this and use it as a kind of fitting room. This has a huge impact on the environment, as every time the delivery van has to come out again, it uses fuel and pollutes the atmosphere. Every additional piece of clothing produced uses natural resources. And often, the unsealed clothes won’t be sold as new again. It’s better for the environment to buy it right the first time.
Whether you’re a parent looking for something to do on a rainy day or a budding designer, clothes that are too worn to wear can be great for. Stretch a band T-shirt across a frame and hang it on the wall. Make sock puppets. Having a ragbag keeps the clothes out of a landfill and prevents toxic chemicals leaching into the ground.
How often do kids grow out of clothes before they’ve worn them more than once or twice? Rather than getting rid of these items, see if there’s a younger sibling, cousin or friend who can make good use of them. You’ll be saving someone some money and doing good for the environment at the same time.
Check the values of the brand
If you’re concerned about where your clothes are coming from or how they’re made, do some research on the company. Do they haveWhat is their environmental impact? Lots of companies are very open about changes they’re making, so vote with your wallet and give your support to the ones who really deserve it.