Using stylish reusable totes by Mixed Bag Designs is one way to make your wardrobe more green, but how can you be more eco-conscious when it comes to the rest of your wardrobe? Unfortunately, sometimes our wardrobe choices and the clothing manufacturers we use can have a negative impact on our planet. Going green is easier than you might think….just consider these tips that are environmentally friendly and don’t make you sacrifice your sense of fashion or individuality. If you follow a few of these wardrobe tips and remember your reusable bags, you’ll realize that looking great and being kind to the earth has never been so easy!
- Commit to a specific look
Buying clothing should be a long-term commitment, but most of us are guilty of buying something on impulse only to throw it away later after realizing it wasn’t what we wanted. If you purchase garments with a specific outfit plan in mind, you’re more likely to make choices that will stay with you and remain favorites for years to come.
- Practice washing the green way
Wait until you have a full load before washing, as to not waste water and electricity. Also, try to wash with cold water and hang garments instead of using a dryer to save energy and resources. Be sure to look for non-toxic, biodegradable detergents that are kind to the ecosystem and free of damaging chemicals. Keep an eye out for “green” brands at health and grocery stores. Many stores now carry “greener” alternatives to products.
- Be Gentle
Properly caring for your clothing will help them last longer, and save you money in the long run. Proper care of clothing prolongs its closet life, saving money. Save old, worn clothes for rough or dirty activities and keep your favorite clothes looking fabulous. Repairing or tailoring clothes instead of discarding them is another way to prevent waste.
- Choose Organic Clothing
Organic cotton, which is free of fertilizers and pesticides, is a safer choice for people, wildlife, and the atmosphere. Choose clothes that are organic, or pick clothes made by companies who are striving to improve the environment.
- Learn About Fabrics
Fabrics of soy or corn may sound initially appealing as alternatives to poly or acrylic, but not all “green” fabrics are what they seem. For example, soy and corn fabric take up a lot of energy and natural resources to manufacture. Learning all about a fabric before making a purchase is wise.