This week is already the sixth edition of Fashion Revolution Week, a movement that stands for improving sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. In order to limit the amount of clothing waste in the future, we all need to become more aware of what we are buying. But where do we start? By making small changes, like paying attention to clothing labels or how you actually wash your clothes, you can already take a step in the good direction.
Below 5 simple tips that can contribute to making your wardrobe more sustainable:
1. Throw your clothes into the washing machine less often
According to the Energy Saving Trust, laundering accounts for 60-80% of a garment's total environmental impact. By not washing your clothes after every wear but after every few wears, you can already reduce this percentage considerably. It is also not necessary to wash your clothes at 40 degrees (or higher) because 30 degrees is often sufficient. This saves you up to 40% energy. And if you really want to do well, let your clothes dry naturally instead of using a tumble dryer (which is also very bad for your clothes).
2. Organize your wardrobe
First check what you have in your closet before you buy something new. Only when you take out everything, you can actually see what's in your closet and who knows, you might come across things that you had forgotten about. First try to repair the love for clothes that you already have. After all, you bought it for a reason. Less is more!
3. Choose investment purchases over impulse purchases
It's worth investing in pieces that you really love and that are made from high-quality materials that last a long time; items that you really want to keep forever. Ask yourself if you feel confident and comfortable when wearing the item. If yes? Then it's probably a good investment! By simply cutting back on what we buy, we can create a small, well-considered and hopefully more sustainable closet.
4. Always try to buy organic cotton
Microfiber fabrics end up polluting the oceans and are difficult to clean up because the particles are so small. For example, opt for organic or GOTS certified cotton. GOTS certified cotton is monitored from the point of growth. They also monitor the fair trade of the farmers, the consumption of water used, regulate pesticides and monitor the entire supply chain. Try to ensure that the fabrics are taken from sources that can be replenished and always recycle!
5. Never throw clothing away
Clothing that is simply dumped in regular garbage, is burned or ends up in the garbage dump. If you no longer wear something, you can always make someone else happy with it by selling it. And if it really can't be worn anymore, it can always be recycled. There are several places where you can donate your old pieces to give them a second life. Wanna try to sell your item first? Then click here!
Good luck with making your closet more sustainable!