Looking Good and Feeling Good: Eco-Friendly Fashion
Busy lifestyles and increased disposable income has made it easier to buy new items rather than fix and mend what we already own. This type of fast fashion comes at a huge cost to the environment. Water pollution, toxic chemical use and textile waste negatively impact our environment. This year, why not give some thought to cleaning up your wardrobe?
When it comes to protecting the environment (and our wallets), the best thing we can do is to keep our clothing in use longer – and simply buy less new stuff.
If you need to replace items or update your wardrobe, consider shopping at consignment shops or purchase clothing from manufacturers that are committed to creating sustainable, environmentally friendly clothing. Opt for pieces made from recycled materials or textiles that are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified. (GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers. It includes ecological and social criteria, and takes into account the entire textile supply chain).
Today, there are a lot of great Eco-friendly options. It is exciting to see this segment of the fashion market continue to grow. Get off the fast fashion train now. Check out these sustainable brands.
For a detailed look at the health and environmental damage occurring from fast fashion, read the article Care What You Wear — Fixing Fast Fashion by Dr. Mercola. It reveals how your clothing can be a source of hazardous chemicals, and cheaply made fast fashion items take a tremendous toll on the environment and the people working in the industry. As a consumer, your choices will help guide the garment industry toward more humane and environmentally-sound manufacturing processes.