How to create a greener wardrobe. No, we aren’t talking about painting your wardrobe an attractive shade of green, though feel free to do so if it matches your current bedroom aesthetic!
We are, however, referring to what is inside your wardrobe, namely your clothes, and how you might think more sustainably with your fashion choices. This is just one of the ways in which you can go green at home, so not only will you save money if you ‘green up’ your wardrobe, but you will do your bit to save the world too.
We’ve put together our top four suggestions to help you curate a greener wardrobe, we hope you find them useful. Let’s get started on making a difference to the world from your own home!
#1: Only Buy Things You Are Likely To Wear Again
Many of us have wardrobes that are filled with outfits that we have only worn once. It might be that we bought certain clothing items for a special occasion, such as a wedding or a work event, for example. While there is nothing particularly wrong about buying something new, there is something wrong about buying items that we are unlikely to wear again. Not only will we waste money, but if we later throw items of clothing away to make room for something new, we are also adding to the waste that is threatening to topple our planet! So, think before you spend, and only buy clothes that you are likely to wear on a fairly regular basis.
#2: Buy Clothes Made From Sustainable Materials
The fashion industry is renowned for its less-than-green approach when manufacturing products, as not only are many items made from unsustainable materials, but the factories used to make them are responsible for waste and toxic spills. So, think twice before buying something new. Rather than supporting those fashion companies who are less than ethical, buy sustainable clothing from the companies that are. You can find a good selection of clothing items using the previous link, and a quick Google search will point you towards other companies who are making the effort to go green.
#3: Upcycle Your Old Clothes For a Greener Wardrobe
If you have clothes you don’t intend to wear again, don’t discard them. You might be able to turn your older pieces into patchwork blankets for your bed, tea towels for your kitchen, or into new items that you can wear. Check out these upcycled clothing ideas for a few good examples, and then consider which items of clothing you might be able to repurpose when looking in your wardrobe.
#4: Don’t Throw Clothing Out With The Trash
Don’t add to the toxic landfills that are already polluting our planet. Instead, recycle your old clothes, donate them to charity, or have a clothes swap party with your friends. As we suggested above, you might be able to create new items of clothing from the pieces you already own too. And if anything is damaged or ill-fitting, pay to get them repaired or altered, or have a go at fixing your clothes yourself. You will be doing much to save the planet if you follow these suggestions, and in some cases, you will be able to maintain a greener wardrobe in the process.
Have you got any other tips on helping to create sustainability through creating a greener wardrobe? We’d love to hear them in the comments section below. And as always it you’ve found this article of any value, we’d love for you to share it across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and further afield to help your friends and family go green too!