How To Sustainably Care For Your Wardrobe

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Studies show that the fashion industry is the second-largest contributor of pollution on the planet. Are you doing your part?

Fashion's Global Destruction

Clothing production has doubled since 2000

The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of all human carbon emissions & the second-largest consumer of our water supply.

Why should you care?

We bought 60% more items in 2014 than 2000, but kept them half as long.

85& of all textiles go to the landfill each year

*stats from the World Economic Forum 

In The Laundry Room

According to Tree Hugger, between 75 to 80% of our clothing's lifecycle impact comes from washing & drying.

One of the most instant ways to make an impact is to wash your clothes in cold water. EPA statistics suggest that you can use up to 90% less energy just by eliminating hot water heating.

The next time you're in the detergent aisle, opt for concentrated formulas. The more loads per bottle, the fewer bottles you need to buy, leading to less packaging in landfills.

Repair Before You Replace

A relationship with a tailor can totally transform your wardrobe, and not only for the existing styles in your closet but for thrifted & vintage items as well. Simple adjustments, like shortening the straps or raising the waistline of a dress, can make a forgotten favorite feel brand new.

Turn to YouTube for tutorials on how to repair a rip or replace a button by hand. You'd be surprised at how much you can accomplish with a needle & thread.

Shop With Longevity In Mind

Repair shop seamster, Sparrow K recommends considering fabric content, seam construction, and how often an item is going to be worn.

"All those thigh blowouts? It’s not our thighs, it’s the fabric" she added.

Read the care labels. Nearly 70% of dry cleaners use a known air pollutant and "likely human carcinogen", per the EPA.

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Further Reading

Further Reading

Fashion & Beauty Brands With Recycling Programs

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