Five Ways to Protect the Environment With the Clothes You Wear
By MichelleW |

No matter where you are on the climate change debate, most people will agree that by choosing eco-friendly things, the planet is going to be benefitted in some way. Everyone knows that you should recycle items, use less water, and turn off the lights when you leave. Did you know that the clothes you wear can also have a big impact on the environment?

In a recent New York Times op-ed, author Elizabeth Cline argued how big of an impact certain clothes have on the environment. Does this mean you’re going to have to only purchase men’s vegan belts or wear a loincloth?

Not exactly, but there are plenty of other things you can do.

Go Second-hand

Macklemore made it cool a few years ago, and thrift store shopping was thrown back into the spotlight. Shopping second-hand is an easy way to make sure you’re protecting the environment. 

Instead of purchasing new clothes, head down to your local thrift store, vintage shop, or even check out the web to find something new to wear. You’re helping to keep clothes out of your local landfill, and it never hurts to save some of your hard-earned cash.

Go For Natural Fibers

Stella Mccartney Sustainable collection for Adidas

Natural products, such as cotton, wool, and linen, are all much better for the environment than artificial products such as polyester.

Firstly, they are biodegradable. That means they’re going to get broken down quicker and won’t have as big of an impact on the environment. 

Secondly, their carbon footprint is microscopic compared to other synthetic materials. You’re getting the best of both worlds here.

Look For Certifications

Next time you’re out shopping, you can afford to be a bit pickier. More and more consumers are choosing businesses that have green working practices, and clothing lines don’t have to be any different.

When looking at stores, see if they have any certifications like organic or fair-trade. Organic certification means that they’re using raw materials that are better for the environment. Fair-trade refers to companies that pay their workers fair wages and are environmentally responsible as well.

Lastly, you can look to see which businesses have ethical animal products. It might be better to go for that men’s vegan belt instead of opting for a leather one next time you’re out shopping. 

Do Laundry Differently

No one likes doing laundry; still, you can make sure that you do laundry in the most efficient and natural way possible. It’s incredibly easy to do so, as you just need to follow a few things. 

Firstly, only wash clothes with a full load. That way, you can make sure that you get the most out of your washing machine. Secondly, ensure that you use cool water setting instead of hot water.

Lastly, hang your clothes outside to dry when possible. You’re going to be saving money and helping the environment at the same time.

Don’t Throw Clothes Away

We often decide that once a shirt is a little torn or loses a button, it deserves to go in the trash. Instead of tossing it in the trash, why don’t you learn how to fix it?

That way, you can keep wearing it, save it from a landfill, and save money as well. Also, you could always donate your clothes to local charities or thrift stores to make sure they’re extending their life even further.