Did you know that people around the world still don’t believe in eco-friendly fashion, or consider it a fashion choice for ‘tree huggers.’ The biggest misconception about them is that eco-friendly items are made of worn-down and leftover fabrics and lack a sense of style; this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Even though consumers are more aware than ever about the consequences of textile waste and fast fashion, there’s still a huge gap between what they know and how they act. Making fashion greener isn’t convincing most buyers because there’s not enough positive buzz around it. At Whitehouse & Schapiro, we’re trying to bridge the gap by trying to build a sustainable future and helping our readers make more informed choices.
So if you really care about the environment but don’t know where to start without compromising on fashion sense, read on.
It’s no secret that sustainable and eco-friendly clothing can be expensive compared to fast fashion items. One way to play your part is buying fewer items while actively looking for high-quality and sustainable fabrics that have a longer shelf-life and don’t spell disaster when it’s time for recycling or reusing.
Do keep in mind that a green label isn’t enough to confirm that a brand is environmentally-responsible, so conduct a thorough internet search before handing them your credit card.
Monochromatic clothing is quickly becoming a staple of modern and minimalistic fashion. High end-brands are moving toward natural colors and organic dyes instead of using toxin-laced chemical dyes. Conventional dyeing also uses far more water than dyeing carried out by plant pigments and sugar molasses.
Green fashion also includes making educated laundering choices, the most important ones being:
Then there are the issues of dealing with rips and torn seams, which you can easily do by watching an online tutorial and buying a needle and a thread.
There’s no better way to make fashion greener than by using secondhand items and recycling your old clothing. You can donate your clothes to Whitehouse & Schapiro, as recycling is the heart of our business.
Americans dump nearly 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles on annual basis, but you can be the change you want to see and put a stop to this.