These days fashion continues to be all the rage but now more than ever the concept of being eco-friendly is coming to the forefront as well, and not just in the form of hippies wearing hemp based cotton and using recycled goods. Eco-friendly fashion is huge amongst people from all walks of life nowadays and for good reason: now that the world is becoming overpopulated and continually covered in garbage of all kinds we need more than ever companies that are focusing on reducing waste and repurposing items. Here are a couple of great eco-friendly companies, fashion houses or even just eco-friendly fashion tips so you too can help begin reducing your footprint through repurposing.
Repurpose and Reuse
This is a movement whereby old pieces of clothing are made into new piece of clothing using a bit of imagination and ingenuity. Bags, backpacks, wallets and more can all be made from material formerly worn such as denim, cotton, dresses and more. With a bit of know how and some thread you can either create something brand new or just fix up the old pieces, injecting a bit of life back into them.
Wash With Care
We all know that washing clothes happens frequently due to stains, sweat and just generally getting them dirty, but those usual household brand cleaners can really pack a punch on the environment. Choose green ecologically friendly choices that have green labels or are known for their eco-friendliness. There are numerous on the market today so you have no excuse. Not only that, but your clothes will take on a great new vibe!
Check Out The Labour
One of the biggest factors in a brand or label being eco-friendly is the background behind the labour that is used to create the piece of clothing, bag or jewellry. Many people would be surprised to know the level to which sweatshops are used in the manufacture of bigger name brands and labels – including those in the high street. Not only that but with certain electronics being “all the rage”, you may be interested to research the cobalt mining industry and see just how the chips in your iphone, gaming systems and more come to be. *note: not in a good way*
One of the best ways to be more eco-friendly with fashion is to focus on purchasing items that are made of all natural products like hemp, silk, organic cotton, soy and lyocell are a couple of all natural products that can make great clothing, bags, shoes and more alongside reducing your footprint. Which will you choose?
Buying local is a huge way to reduce your imprint on the planet and through buying local you make sure you’re supporting local artisans who are handmaking (in many cases) the products you’re purchasing. Normally these are crafters who are making bags from old clothes and the like too, so it’s a double whammy. It also means that no fossil fuels were burned to bring you your bag, so it’s a win-win all around!
So if you’re looking to help reduce your footprint in the world through fashion and fashionable choices, these should help you get some idea of the options out there for eco-minded fashionistas like yourself!