The textile sector is one of the sectors that exploits natural resources the most annually , especially as a result of the abuse in purchases of clothing and accessories that currently occurs in Western countries. We buy more than we have – generally – and we usually do it in large multinational firms, which use manufacturing methods that are very aggressive for the planet, both in manufacturing, as in obtaining raw materials and during dyeing processes. If you like fashion and being well dressed, but you don’t want to contribute to this exploitation, now is a good time to start dressing in an ecological way, or, what is the same, sign up for eco-fashion.
Fashion is not at odds with environmental responsibility , you just have to know how to choose what to buy and where. Here are some tips to help you start dressing with a green conscience.
- Do not buy more than we need
- Take a look at second hand clothes
- Don’t buy without looking. Take some time to educate yourself
- Reject products that have caused animal suffering
- Visit brand stores that make garments with organic cotton
- Buy ecological clothes
- What benefits will you get with ecological clothing?
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Do not buy more than we need
It sounds obvious, but if we all applied this principle, this sector would not harm the planet as much as it does. It is only a matter of discerning what we really need and checking if the garments we already have can be reconvertedor repaired, instead of acquiring more for the pleasure of “brand new.” If you want to have new clothes for the summer, sign up for this idea: organize with your friends at your house a “flea market”, in which each one brings all those pants, dresses and jackets that they have outgrown or no longer like. . Go back several centuries and practice bartering. In my experience, after doing this fun practice, you usually come home with clothes (in good condition, of course, nobody brings torn clothes), new for you for the modest price of zero euros and with the satisfaction that your friends are going to enjoy those clothes that you no longer want.
If you dare, organize it in your neighborhood as well or create an event for this purpose on social networks.
Take a look at second hand clothes
Giving a second life to dresses that have already been worn is always a better option than buying new clothes . We don’t have to associate “second hand” with shoddy fabrics, old clothes, or stuffy clothes. In the cities there are many second-hand options, both in stationary stores and in temporary markets, where you can find wonderful clothes in good condition at a lower price. Make a guide to all of them and go exploring, without rushing. You will come home with a handful of new clothes that you are sure to enjoy. There are also many of them that offer clothing with some “defect”, for example, an unstitched or with one less button, which you can, with some skill, repair yourself. You will save a lot on your textile budget.
Don’t buy without looking. Take some time to educate yourself
If we are going to buy new clothes , we can start to look at something more than price, size, color and shape. We also have to know what material it is made of. It is not the same to buy a dress made with organic and renewable raw materials than one that obtains its raw materials through chemical processes that have included damage to the environment. The options, likewise, are numerous, avoiding the artificial, and we will be buying responsibly.
Choose garments made of bamboo, cotton and linen, materials of plant origin, trying not to have any other synthetic fibers and to be organic materials. Reject clothes made of polyester, nylon, lycra, polyamide and the like, as they are synthetic fibers obtained through chemical processes and, above all, avoid buying dresses made with fibers derived from petroleum, such as acetate or rayon. The ideal is to buy garments with the label “organic cotton”, so we know that this has not been produced with fertilizers and chemicals. With this material, in addition, we will have the certainty that we will not suffer allergic reactions on the skin .
It would not hurt to inquire a little about that brand or store in which you buy, to know the degree of commitment of the firm with the environment and to know with what methods they make their clothes. We will feel much better giving our money to a firm with a green conscience.
Likewise, you can favor local businesses over large multinationals. Buying in your neighborhood store is usually more ecological than in the big brands and you have the opportunity to ask the owner where she buys her products .
If you come across the label “Made in Green” you will know that this garment is part of this type of responsible fashion.
Reject products that have caused animal suffering
Skins, for example, are one of the worst garments we can buy, as we will be dressing with the skins of otters and other mammals . The ideal is to make sure that what we buy has not meant suffering for any animal. Look for labels that guarantee “animal friendly” and be faithful to brands that strictly respect this principle.
Visit brand stores that make garments with organic cotton
You probably live near an H&M or a Mark & Spencer. These are just two examples of brands that create trends and that follow certain standards for the benefit of the environment. Much of H & M’s garments are made from organic fabrics. You just have to go to the nearest one and take a look at the labels.
Other lesser-known neighborhood stores also ensure that all their clothing is organic and respectful with the environment.
Buy ecological clothes
In addition to being able to physically go to the store to browse , you can buy many clothes online. There are more and more brands that sell ecological clothing , and are joining the eco-fashion trend or green fashion. You do not have to be afraid to buy “remotely”, you can see what the garments are like and get a pretty clear idea, surely choosing your size will fit you very well when you try it on and, if not, you can always change it, even if you have to. wait a few days. I recommend you buy many clothes at once in one of these ecological stores, try them at home and return the ones that do not fit you.
Some of the most successful sustainable fashion brands are: KoolBee, specialized for babies and children, GreenLife Style, Ideo or Ecoology. The latter is a Spanish store and, although it has very elaborate and exclusive dresses for around one hundred euros, you can find things that are around ten euros. Plus, shipping is free, so there’s no excuse not to try it. They have very nice organic cotton dresses, like this one:
More examples are Intrépida Mu, which are ideal to give as gifts because they are ecological t-shirts with funny messages, very authentic and exclusive. It is also worth mentioning Mandacarú , which offers men’s and women’s t-shirts, accessories and bags.
What benefits will you get with ecological clothing?
It can be a bit more expensive, since the quality is better and it does not use toxins that speed up the process, but they are not prohibitive prices , although they are higher than those of the big brands, such as Primark, which manufacture clothes massively. However, the difference euros are justified because:
- The clothes are usually of very good quality . This will make the investment you make in your dresses serve you in the long run. How many times do we buy a t-shirt “bargain” and it breaks after three days or loses its color after the third wash? It is much better to buy durable clothes, for the ecology, but also for our wardrobe. Maybe for the same price you can only buy two clothes instead of five, but those two clothes will last you for many years and will not have turned into rags after six months.
- They are much more exclusive garments . These stores, apart from the fact that people buy them much less often than in those stores that make us all dress practically the same, they usually sell little quantity of a certain design. So, it is almost certain that you will not come across anyone who wears that nice dress you bought.
- You have all the information of what you buy. In these virtual green fashion businesses, being so committed to the environment, you have all the information about the garment that interests you available. Thus, you will be able to see how it is made, what raw materials have been used, and have knowledge of the entire process as a consumer.
- You will dress with a green conscience. In addition to having a beautiful, durable and exclusive suit , you can go down the street happy with yourself knowing that your dress is not damaging the environment so much.
Would you join green fashion as the first step to change the world? You will see how there are more and more options to be fashionable, wear beautiful and durable clothes and, also, be responsible.
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