Green fashion has been on its way to the new black for several years now. Using eco-friendly fabrics, supporting local designers, or even finding new ways to wear old clothes, are all practices that have been put at the forefront of the ecological movement. And that’s no surprise, considering that the fashion industry is the second-largest polluter in the world.
The impact of what we buy and wear extends not only to CO2 emissions due to manufacturing and transport, but even more, to water and soil pollution with microplastics and toxic chemicals. To make matters worse, a huge amount of clothes end up in landfills. In fact, some sources state that the numbers go as high as 21 billion pounds of textiles per year!
But as we’re gaining access to all of this information, there is also great news on the horizon.Sustainable fashion and a more eco-friendly way of living are becoming more available, as we now have magazines promoting less wasteful practices and websites that help shoppers find green, ethical brands. In addition, the current global pandemic is most certainly amping up awareness to a whole new level. The change of pace and economic impact on the fashion industry has everyone wondering what exactly the future of fashion will be. But, of course, there’s still quite a long way to go.So, if what you’re looking to make green your new black and for a way you can help planet Earth, here are six easy things you can do right now.
1. Do your research
Before you purchase a piece of clothing, footwear, or accessory, try to find options that are less harmful to the world around you. This might mean going with organic cotton, linen, or Tencel materials, or forgoing leather and choosing a cruelty-free alternative. In addition to reading the composition label, you can also dig deeper and opt to support brands that pay a living wage to their workers throughout their supply chain.