*The following post is a contributed article.
Wearing green is not just about choosing the color of the outfits you wear. It’s not about wearing rings emblazoned with the brightest emeralds. It’s about making fashion choices that positively affect the environment, instead of adding to the global damage that we hear about in the media. We all have a part to play, in all aspects of our lives, and this includes the way we approach fashion.
#1 Choose your products carefully
Think carefully the next time you consider buying an outfit online or from the shopping mall. Think twice when you choose your accessories. Certain companies still persist in unethical and eco-unfriendly practices that need to be brought to light. Big brands, including Nike, Gap, and Versace, have all come under fire for the toxic trail they leave behind them. There has also been controversy over the mining methods used to extract gold, diamonds, and other precious stones that are used in the jewelry we buy. As the consumer you need to research these companies, and make the right choices when choosing the brands you buy from. Consider known sustainable fashion brands, such as Edun and H & M, when buying your clothing. Consider Brilliant Earth for eco-friendly jewelry – read a review of them here: http://yourdiamondguru.com/reviews/brilliant-earth-review/ – and forsake any companies you know to trade unethically. If you can make a stand against those companies who continue to create havoc in our world, and if you can help petition against them, then they may just change their behavior and act responsibly.
#2 Stop creating waste
Don’t throw your old clothes away. If you throw them into the trash, they will end up on landfills where they will slowly decompose. They then release landfill gas, which includes those toxic pollutants, carbon dioxide and methane that harm the environment. There are better things you can do with your old garments, such as giving them to friends and family, repairing them so you can reuse them again, donating them to charity, or using the companies listed in this article. Do anything, other than adding further weight to landfills and polluting the world.
#3 Make your own clothes
When creating eco-friendly clothes, we aren’t talking about ‘trashion’ – those runway designs that are made from trash bags and old newspapers! We are talking about using ethically sourced materials to create your own outfits or upcycling any old clothes into something new. Using the sustainable fabrics listed here, you can do your bit to save the world (and save yourself some money) by creating clothes to wear for yourself, or to sell on to others should you decide to go into business.
#4 Buy from local sources
When you’re buying fabric or clothes, try and avoid shopping online. Because these items need to be shipped to you, you are only adding to the carbon footprint on the roads. Instead, buy from local sources, particularly those who have a solid reputation for sustainable practices. A quick Google search will point you in the right direction.
Looking good is important to you, but consider the impact your fashion choices have on the world. The next time you’re shopping for clothes, think of what we have said in this article. If you can create good habits in the way you shop, then you will be doing something to benefit this world we live in. Let us know what you think!
*This post is a contributed article. Thank you to the brands for providing these as samples to share with my readers!*