Ways to maintain a sustainable wardrobe.

If you support sustainability, you would be surprised to know that the fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Textile dyeing and polyester are the biggest contributors to pollution. But you can make a difference by choosing to maintain a wardrobe that is sustainable. Here are some tips.

Follow the ‘30 wears’ test

This was a campaign started by Livia Firth, the founder of Eco-Age. This campaign encourages us to buy something if we are sure we will wear it. While buying something, ask yourself if you will buy something 30 times. If the answer is yes, go ahead and buy it. Further, organizing your wardrobe also ensures that you see everything and choose to either wear it or donate it.

Be mindful while shopping

There are lots of brands that have started using recycling to produce new clothes. Support and shop with brands that care for sustainability. These brands may be ethical sustainable brands or even the bigger brands. While you are shopping look for the tag on the clothing to look out for the efforts the brand has taken towards sustainability. Be careful of brands that are just greenwashing.

Donate the clothes that you don’t need

Most of us have piles of clothes that we will never wear.Most of the time we are not aware of these clothes as they are hidden beneath the pile of clothes. Sometimes that clothes are either out of fashion, donot fit, or have some kind of emotional value. You will feel much better if you will donate these clothes to a homeless person, or to a charity. You don’t have to contribute to the textile waste since clothes take up to 40 years to decompose.

Repair and reuse

A fact, an American throws 82 pounds of clothes per year, this may include jeans, shirts, or even socks. You need to understand that a hole in jeansdoes not mean you throw it away! You can either create a fashion out of it with a bit of wear and tear or, simply use a sewing kit to fix it.

Prefer quality over quantity

You need to change your mindset a bit. Go for sustainable high-quality clothes that may be costlier than high street clothes. With proper care, high-quality cloth lasts you a lot longer which means you will buy less often.Save up, invest and buy less!

And don’t feel ashamed buying second-hand.

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