Sustainable Wardrobe – Why I’m Making the Switch
I usually try to stay away from controversial topics on my blog. I prefer to keep it light and fun. However, our current environmental situation is desperate and I feel strongly about it. I’m making the change to a sustainable wardrobe and I want to tell you why. This post may get a little preachy and I apologize for that. It’s important though, so I encourage you to read on!
The Current Situation
Our current situation is pretty dire. With climate change, overpopulation, deforestation, and pollution we have nearly succeeded in making our home planet inhospitable to human life, as well as to most of our fellow animals. We’ve got a very short time left to make some drastic changes if we want to change our current circumstances. There are lots of things we can all do to help that go beyond recycling.
The Fashion Industry – Why we should work towards sustainable wardrobes
- untreated toxic waste water containing lead, mercury, and arsenic is dumped into waterways;
- the fashion industry is also a huge water consumer (20,000 litres of water are required to grow one kg of cotton for example);
- synthetic materials shed micro plastics in the wash that end up in the oceans; and,
- the average family in the western world throws out 30 kg of textiles per year, which ends up in landfills.
What We Can Do
So, what can we, as consumers, do about it? Quite a lot as a matter of fact. Every time we purchase a garment we are making a statement with our hard earned money. We can choose to tell fast fashion retailers such as Zara and H&M that we do not support their wasteful practices by spending our money on garments produced by sustainable and ethical companies.
Now, I’m not a saint and I’ve certainly been guilty of contributing to the problem for many years. I’m making a change now though, it’s never too late! Moving forward I am going to try to shop only from ethical and sustainable brands or, and this is the most environmentally friendly thing anyone can do in terms of shopping, buy my clothes second hand. I hope you will consider joining me.
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