How To Create an Eco Friendly Wardrobe

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Tips on how you can create your own Eco friendly wardrobe

Buy fewer clothes

Women tend to have wardrobes full of clothes that are not actually needed or even worn. When thinking of buying new clothes, think about spending more money on quality and not on the cheaper items that don’t last very long, and if you actually need that item of clothing or not. More high quality clothing will not only stand the test of time, they will also have a higher re-sale value in op-shops and charities, and by not buying clothes that you don’t need, it means that your wardrobe will be un cluttered.

Buy second hand

Charity shops have borne the brunt of cheap clothing, with sales falling year on year. So next time you are looking for something in particular, or don’t feel like spending big dollars on clothing, head to your local op shop or charity store and see what bargains you can pick up. Buying from them extends the life of clothes and supports very important charities and sectors that are in desperate need of support, and you are guaranteed that the clothes you are buying are in good nick because the charities do not accept clothes that are damaged, dirty or not wearable.

Give away clothes

If you haven’t worn something in a long time, or have clothing that no longer suits your style, then donate or have a clothes swap with your friends, because there will always be someone else who appreciates your old clothes.

Doing this with a baby’s clothes is a great idea, as babies and children outgrow their clothes so quickly. So instead of just throwing out your baby’s old clothes and toys, package it all up and give it to a friend that might be expecting, keep it for your next kid, or donate it to one of Australia’s many charities.

Buy Fair trade clothing

Although the Fairtrade Foundation does not currently cover all stages in the production line, investing in fair trade cotton clothes will ensure that at least the growers are guaranteed a fair deal.

Try Alternative materials

Hemp, bamboo and soy all make great products, they are grown without any pesticides, and are very strong and antibacterial and breathable and insulated, which means they keep you cool during summer and warm during winter.

Hemp fabrics are extremely durable, very comfortable to wear, and they breathe really well due to the porous nature of the fibres. This makes them ideal for weather conditions in Australia.

Read around the glossies

Fashion mags may tell you all you need to know about what’s hot and what’s not, but gathering information from other sources such as Labour Behind the Label and No Sweat will give you the bigger picture.

The internet is also a great resource for finding out about the labour information about all your favourite labels, and if they are involved in fair trade and don’t run sweat shops.

Wash clothes only when dirty

Washing clothes uses a lot of water and energy. Your underwear might require a wash after every use, but outer garments and denim clothing don’t require a wash after every use. You will not only save water, but a lot of electricity as it takes quite a bit of electricity to power a washing machine.

Don’t Iron unless necessary and never tumble dry

A clothes line and a clothes horse are perfectly adequate means of drying clothes, and they both allow clothes to dry naturally and don’t require any energy.

Buy organic cotton clothing

Cotton is the most popular textile fibre in the world, accounting for a third of all global textile production.

There are plenty of companies sourcing organic cotton for their ranges- Do your research and you might be surprised at some of the big names that are going organic.

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