Congratulations, you've taken that first step to becoming more eco conscious by joining the slow fashion movement. Supporting sustainable brands like Unoa is a great start but what more can we do at home to lower our carbon footprint and be more green?
Is it even dirty?
Many of us wear a few things once then throw it in the laundry. But is the item really dirty or just mildly soiled and could it be aired to freshen it up again?
When possible turn your wash onto a cool cycle. The lower the temperature the less energy is needed to wash.
Use a guppy friend
These bags are amazing for those items that still contain polyester or other plastic derivatives. Simply wash them in the bag to collect the multiple minute plastic particles that come off in the wash.
Using a Tumble dryer can be super quick and easy but it's using a lot of unnecessary energy when there is good old air inside or out.
These are all ways to reduce your carbon footprint whilst maintaining your wardrobe, but what about when clothes are no longer loved or worn as much as they used to be? There inevitably comes a time when we have to say goodbye to our clothes.
Number one tip is to not throw old garments into landfill where they can sit for 200+ years. There is an estimated 140 million pounds worth of clothes entering landfill each year (wrap.org) and as each item slowly decomposes it emits harmful gases into our atmosphere.
So many different platforms exist online to buy and sell second-hand clothes, making it easy to rehome the threads you once loved. Not only can you make money from former clothes but you'll be prolonging the lifespan of the pieces and most importantly lowering their environmental impact.
If an item isn't usable as clothing anymore the fabric could still be good for other purposes. Get creative and for ideas search Pinterest. When clothing has literally been worn to death the scraps can still come in handy, old rags for cleaning is just one example.
This is such a great idea for clothes you may have become bored with. Organise with friends and family just in case you want to ask for that shirt back.
There are many countries still in poverty and in need of aid. Clothes are a commodity that can be taken for granted and if you can help someone else and the environment by donating to clothes banks and charity shops then that's a good end to your clothes' life with you.
Whichever way you choose to be sustainable, be proud of what you’re doing. The Earth needs you.
Written by Daisy Culbert